Museum History
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1985/4Members' Magazine No. 24 / April-May 1985Historic Farm Buildings Group / The Historic Farm Buildings Group will hold its first meeting at the Museum in October.
1985/4Members' Magazine No. 24 / April-May 1985Cavalcade of Costume / The Cavalcade of Costume raised more than
1985/4Members' Magazine No. 24 / April-May 1985Lime Day / In January the Museum staged a successful Lime Day, led by John Adams of the Department of the Environment. Lime is used by the Museum in mortar, plaster, daub and limewash.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Chichester Gala / On Saturday, 13th July, there will be a demonstration of 17th Century English Country Dancing directed by John Dibdin, with musical accompaniment. The performance starts at 2.30 p.m. and tickets will be available from the Museum Office or, on the day, at the Gate.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985REMINDERS / 6.5.85 William will represent the Museum at the Heavy Horse Parade in Portsmouth.
3.00 Sompting Village Morris Men will dance at the Museum.
14.5.85 10.00 GPC Meeting.
15.5.85 11.30 Curatorial Meeting.
18.5.85 09.45 First Aid Lecture. Finishes at 1.15. Details from Keith Bickmore.
29.5.85 11.30 Curatorial Meeting.
1.6.85 Exhibition - Victorian Tiles, Ends 30.6.85.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Farm Collection / The Museum has been offered a collection of farm implements and hand tools used on a small farm on the edge of Ashdown Forest. The farm was worked until recently using only horse power. Much of the material will be coming to the Museum and those items not suitable for our own collection will be disposed of to other organisations or individuals. [Stephenson Collection??]
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Friends Auction / This was held in Horsham on April 12th and raised in excess of
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Barn from Ockley / We have been offered a small hay barn from Ockley. It is hoped that we shall be able to accept this offer and that dismantling will take place shortly.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985U.K. Institute of Conservation (UKIC) / The Wall Paintings Section held a meeting at the Museum at which the techniques of conservation and the re-mounting of removed paintings were discussed. The meeting was organised by Ann Ballantyne and Elizabeth Pye and fifty conservators attended. Ann Ballantyne will be undertaking the conservation of the Reigate paintings.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985A.G.M. / The Council of Management held its Annual General Meeting on April 30th with the Museum's President, Lord Watkinson, in the Chair. David Biart was re-elected as Chairman, Sir James Waddell as Vice-Chairman and Pat Tye as Hon.Treasurer. Peter Careless has retired as Company Secretary and Jimmy Woollings agreed to take his place and was appointed. General Hawes was elected a Vice-President of the Museum in recognition of the service he has given over so many years to its foundation and development.
The Council discussed proposals from the Chairman for the re-organisation of the Council of Management. Important changes were agreed, the details of which will be established shortly.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Jim Hampshire / Our best wishes go to Jim and Betty who are leaving shortly for Canada.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Andrew Hodby / Andrew takes up the duties of caretaker/cleaner immediately and we welcome him and his wife, Jean, and the family to the Museum.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Virginia Lyon / Virginia opened her garden to the public on April 14th and despite some rather unpleasant windy weather she raised
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Piglets / Two piglets are in residence and creating great interest. They are Gloucester Old Spot/Berkshire cross and are the closest to the traditional type of pig as is possible. They come from Ashdown Forest Farm at Wychcross and the pig sty came from the Petworth Estate.
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985TVS. 30th May at 10.35 p.m. / "Putting on the South", a series produced and directed by Stuart Nimmo, will feature the Museum generally and the erection of North Cray Hall House in particular. We have seen a pre-view of this programme and the general opinion is "Try not to miss it."
1985/5Bulletin / May 1985Sponsored Cycle Ride - May 26th / Alan Waters is doing this 800 plus miles ride from Lands End to John o'Groats in aid of Museum funds. Sponsorship forms are going out with the Newsletter and are available now from the Office. Please support Alan by getting as much sponsorship for him as possible.
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985Sponsored Cycle Ride / Alan Waters is on his way from Lands End to John o'Groats and when he last phoned in he had reached Perth at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, 28th May, and was 70 plus miles ahead of schedule. Only another 215 miles to go! The amount of sponsorship, both paid and promised, now totals
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985Visitors Numbers / After an extremely disappointing April when we recorded our lowest ever visitor number of 11,675 for that month, things picked up during May and although we are still approximately 8,000 behind our 1984 running total, we are about 2,000 ahead of our 1983 running total, when we also recorded a bad start to the season.
This year's running total as at May 22nd is 28,900 compared with 37,200 at the same date last year.
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985New Addition to Collection / Farm implements from Ashdown Forest have now been acquired by the Friends for the Museum. It includes wagons, carts, Ploughs, rakes, mowers, drainage tools, scythes and all the paraphernalia of a small farmstead. Mr Stephens [Stephenson??] farmed in the traditional manner using a horse right up to the time of his death. He still stacked loose hay and cut it with a knife. Harness for his horse still hung in the stable. An Open Day at Charlton is planned for the Autumn which will allow people to see the new acquisitions.
1985/6Bulletin / June 1985Royal Forestry Society / This Society held an evening meeting at the Museum during their Conference at West Dean in May.
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