Museum History
(3704 Records)

 Date   Origin   Summary 
1992/10Magazine Vol. 3 No. 9 / October 1992Roy Armstrong Receives Honorary Degree / Roy Armstrong received an honorary degree from the University of Sussex.
1992/10Magazine Vol. 3 No. 9 / October 1992Marks & Spencer Plc / Marks and Spencer Plc contributed
1992/10Magazine Vol. 3 No. 9 / October 1992Longport House / The Museum has been offered Longport House by Eurotunnel Group. The Canterbury Archaeological Trust will work with the Museum in the dismantling, the cost of which will be met by Eurotunnel. There is a condition that the building should be re-erected within 18 months.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991BAYLEAF GARDEN / The garden at Bayleaf was featured during the month on Woman's Hour. Gardeners' World also came to do some filming for a future programme, so keep a look out for this.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991HARVEST / The Museum's harvest has been safely gathered in by Dave Gabbitas, Mick Betsworth, Albert Peacock and other helpers. The ricks are being thatched and will be threshed as usual by Bert Dibben on October 26 and 27th.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991THE NATURAL WORLD CRAFT FAIR / Another successful event organised by Virginia took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Exhibits depicted animals, birds and plants in a wide variety of crafts including painted pebbles, wood sculpture, pressed flowers, jewellery and rocking horses. A separate marquee displayed information on local conservation groups and demonstrations of rural crafts took place around the Museum. Thanks go to Virginia and her helpers and also to the exhibitors for such high quality crafts. Exact figures are not yet available but this event has certainly been effective in raising much needed funds for the Reigate Project.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991PUBLICITY / We have worked hard during July and August to increase our visitor numbers and we have taken stands or the caravan to a number of venues. These have included The Friary Centre in Guildford and locations in Chichester, Petworth, Midhurst, Selsey, Bognor, The Witterings and the Southdown Sheep Centenary at Glynde, Nr Lewes. Thanks go to all volunteers who have manned the stands or the caravan, particularly to Peter and Ruth Stock.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991AUGUST EVENTS / During August we held a successful daily programme of demonstrations by members of staff and external craftsmen. These ranged from Roger Champion (furniture making), Bob Powell (working on collection conservation), Albert Peacock (spar making), Tim Wade (wood-turning with a pole lathe) and Jeremy Atkinson (clog making). Apologies to all those who contributed but we have been unable to mention.

One of the main August attractions (not mentioned above!) was a traditional charcoal burn by Alan Waters and his own version of this appears later.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991STAFF / We send our best wishes to Geoff Kent and Percy North who are currently convalescing after surgery. It is good to know they are well on the way to full recovery. Good wishes also go to Alf Bryden who has been unwell and we look forward to seeing them all again at the Museum before too long.

We are very pleased to welcome Gill Clifton who joined the staff in July. Gill has taken over the book keeping from Percy and was well and truly thrown in at the deep end when Percy was admitted to hospital. Keep up the good work Gill!

Retirement: Thanks go to Eve Becher, one of our volunteers, for all the help she has given the Museum over many years. We wish her a happy retirement and hope she will continue to come to events here as a visitor.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991LURGASHALL MILL / Neill the Miller is looking for some unusual wholemeal recipes to add to those in the new Mill Recipe Book which is being put together at the moment. Several very tasty experiments have taken place at the Museum's caf
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991VISITORS / Since the last Bulletin there have been several major events at the Museum all of which have swelled visitor numbers to the extent that they have surpassed those for the same period last year by approximately 7,500. Both the Rare Breeds Show, with a record for any attendance at the Museum of 5,500, and the Natural World Craft Fair, which attracted 7.500 people over the three days, were extremely successful occasions.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991RARE BREEDS SHOW / Congratulations to Virginia Lyon, Richard Pailthorpe and all the volunteers for making the Rare Breeds Show such a success. The new site worked well and it was good to see a record number of visitors enjoying themselves.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991PENNY ROYAL / The Penny Royal Open Air Theatre has enjoyed a good season at the Museum and despite the threat of rain on occasions, very few performances were actually cancelled. I am sure many of you took advantage of the Theatre being here and enjoyed the plays. The World Premier of The Education of Little Tree also took place at the end of August and if you missed it, be sure to see the film.
(NB for the database June 2007: Education of Little Tree was not a Penny Royal production)
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991PORK / We have a regular supply of pork from our Toll Cottage pigs, and anyone interested in purchasing some at any time should contact Lynn Shaw in the Office.
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991CHARCOAL - AN EARTH BURN / We held a Traditional Earth Burn here at the Museum over the weekend of Friday 16th August to Sunday August 18th.

A lady and her daughter came over from the Isle of Wight to write about this and to photograph it for a National Magazine. This proved to be very amusing, as the format was, begin to build the kiln, then "Hold it", for a photograph. This went on for the whole 3 hours that it took to build the kiln, and she took about 70 photographs! They both ended up helping us with the work, and her little four year old daughter, whom we named 'Cornflake', tried to life the coke shovel and failed!

Those initially involved with the burn were me, (Alan), Jon Roberts, Neill Wilkins and Robert, Pat's son. He was the youngest at 13 years old.

Smoke and more smoke - it's away! Just a few more photos. Why do people always want to take photos when you're on top of the mound with a fire roaring away and so much smoke that you can't see a thing? "Hold it" again - and there you \\
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991FORTHCOMING EVENTS / 14th September - Early Music Forum at Bayleaf
19th - 23rd September - Museum Trip to Northern European Open Air Museums
28th September - Livery Company Day
29th September - APPLE DAY
1st - 3rd October - Timber Frame Repair Workshop - Fully Booked.
2nd October - Friends Committee Meeting 4.00pm
1st November - Friends Slindon Dinner
15th November - Volunteers' Forum and End of Season Party. 6.30pm in the Assembly Rooms Chichester
19th December - Carol Service
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991JUNIOR FRIENDS / The Museum Junior Friends' Summer Activities Week had as its theme 'Going to Market', and involved every aspect of the life of the Museum. The 37 children aged between 7 and 12 who joined in the activities, led by 6 full and 8 part time helpers, enthusiastically joined in the spirit of the week when they first met on Saturday 27th July. They received a special Market Charter from the Deputy Mayor of Chichester in the Guildhall, Priory Park; gathered ideas from the Market Exhibition at the Chichester District Museum and bid for Southdown Sheep auctioned for them under the portico of the City Council Chambers. The children found plenty of ideas, and had no problem getting started on production of items for sale in the Museum Market Day the following Thursday afternoon.

Over the five days the children learnt many new skills and were able to offer for sale to their parents and Museum visitors pot pouri, fresh herbs, sweets, pressed flowers, book marks of macrame, dyed wools, felt purses, \\
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991UNINVITED GUESTS / We were all saddened to hear of the break-in to the Museum offices at the beginning of August - a most professional job which is unfortunately a sign of the times. Let's hope the culprits will be caught and that it will not happen again
1991/8Bulletin / August 1991FROM THE COLLECTIONS / The last two months have been relatively quiet as far as new acquisitions go. This lull is welcome owing to the ongoing cataloguing backlog due to several large acquisitions in the Spring. Recently dealt with are two good donations of dairying and cobbling items. Awaiting attention is one large donation of mainly mixed craftsmen's and agricultural tools.

Despite the lull new items have still arrived at the Museum. Three things stand out. Firstly, a fine horse drawn lawn mower made by Green & Son Ltd of London. This, I hope, will form a project for restoration for Walter, George, John and other interested persons during the Winter. Secondly, a roller mill made by Hunt of Earls Colne; this is in superb condition, and with suitable power (the mil wheel perhaps) will be ideal for rolling oats for our livestock. Thirdly, via Alan Waters, our charcoal burner, an interesting set of cart horse harness. This dates from circa 1900-1910 and has monogrammed decorations for someone nam \\
1991/6Bulletin / June 1991LURGASHALL MILL / Flour sales at the mill have been very good and we are optimistic of having another good year. Thanks to the sterling efforts of Ruth and Peter Stock, several new trade outlets have been found for our stoneground wholemeal flour. We are currently looking for a steward or friend who lives in or near Bognor Regis to help us with small deliveries over to St Richards Hospital at Chichester; they have just ordered some flour to try and we are hoping to be able to supply them on a regular basis.

Sales of our 'new' pink wholemeal recipe book have just broken the 10,000 copies mark since its launch last May.

A new mill steward, John Greenhalgh has joined our team and is currently learning to grind flour and cope with 600 school children every day. The latter takes a lot longer to learn!
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