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1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Flint & Timber / Walter Greenway describes the Friends' visit to Norwich, organised by Carol Hawkins (later Carol Brinson). Places visited include Wimpole; Oxburgh; 3 Museums - Norfolk Rural Life, Broads, East Anglian Life; a water driven racksaw, organised by Frank Gregory; the Dragon Hall in King Street. John Watson and Paul Simons gave talks.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990A Firm Offer / An advertisement to businesses and professional firms of the Museum facilities.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990"Open Houses" in May / Martin Caroe and Mrs Caroe will open their house "Vann" and garden to the Friends in May. The National Trust are opening a neighbouring house, Oakhurst Cottage", on the same occasion. Conctact Carol Hawkins ( later Carol Brinson).
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Cover Picture / A view of the Market Square
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Friends' Visit to US Open Air Museums / Virginia Lyon, encouraged by Richard Pailthorpe's time in USA, reports on a trip to America by the Friends, which she led. They visited Saugus Ironworks, Strawberry Banks, Old Stourbridge Village and Plimouth Plantation. They also went to Cape Cod, where Frank Gregory had arranged for a friend, Jim Owens, to show them mills.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Friends' Membership Giftpack / The Friends' Membership Giftpack, on sale at the shop, is an excellent Christmas present
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990"Senior" Friends Help Junior Friends / The "Senior" Friends are contributiong to the increased cost of better printing of the Junior Friends' magazine "Earshot".
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Pictures / Pictures of Steam threshing and ploughing.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Sir James Waddell - Chairman of the Friends to Retire / Carol Hawkins (later Carol Brinson) regrets Sir James Waddell's decision to retire from the Chairmanship of the Friends
1990/3SBC Minutes / 1 March 1990Progress on Petersfield Drying Shed / Richard Pailthorpe reported that work on the timbers was well underway. It was hoped to reconstruct the frame over the Easter weekend.
1990/3SBC Minutes / 1 March 1990Site for Godalming (Holloway Cottages) (resumed) / (Richard Harris and Mr Armstrong having returned without the Director who felt there was nothing he could contribute in the present circumstances) To move the building closer to the Market Square would dissociate the cottages from the Toll Cottage. Because of the nature of the slope, the building could not be sunk. Richard Harris showed to the Committee the stone by stone, numbered elevation which he had produced for this meeting. This illustrated the high level of accuracy which he hoped to achieve in this reconstruction. Discussion on the 1950s window continued, and it was AGREED that an alternative style of window could be inserted here and the necessary explanation provided. From a practical point of view the office would require a window in this elevation. Mr Warren suggested incising "1990" into a brick in this window, but Richard Harris confirmed that neither he nor the Museum Director favoured this form of interpretation as a matter of policy \\
1990/3SBC Minutes / 1 March 1990Site for Sole Street (detail) / The type of roof covering for this building was discussed. AGREED that cleft oak shingles would be appropriate for the hall and tiles for the cross wing. It was understood that there were several suppliers now producing these, although the size of a 17th century oak shingle was not known, neither the method of fixing. It was suggested that they should be nailed on to close or half boarding. Tiles for the cross wing would be plain peg tiles which Richard Harris would research further. A number of companies were producing handmade tiles. Richard Harris would consider further the finish of the underside of the roof. Roger Champion had examined the timbers and was confident that nearly all could be repaired. Mr Warren wished to record his apologies for causing the incident at the start of the meeting. The Committee then discussed the position of the Sole Street building on site. Richard Harris felt that the suggested siting allowed for the building to be re-used as a t \\
1990/3SBC Minutes / 1 March 1990Improvement to area running from the entrance north to A286, bordered by Town Lane and the lake. To include improvement to the facilities currently located in this area / Mr Armstrong suggested the eventual provision of a workshop in this area. It was agreed that the planning authority would almost certainly require a traditional hedge or beech or hornbeam as screening from the public highway. In the absence of the Director and Research Director further discussion was left until the next meeting. The Committee did not meet again?)
1990/3SBC Minutes / 1 March 1990The Committee - minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 1989 / Mr Warren pointed out that the purpose of the Sites & Buildings Committee was to act as a body providing a consensus of opinion to the Museum on various technical matters from experts. He had received a letter from Mr Zeuner suggesting that the purpose of the Committee was to advise the Director. He had hoped that his remarks on this point would have been noted in the minutes. Mr Zeuner pointed out that that was Mr Warren's personal point of view, and this was at variance with the minute of the first meeting of the Trustees. Mr Armstrong pointed out that it was unlikely that a group of specialists would always arrive at a consensus opinion. Mr Warren disagreed with this. The Museum Director forcibly expressed his irritation that so much time was being spent on discussion of minutes when there was so much work to do, and when material had been specifically prepared for the meeting requiring discussion. In protest at this continuing was \\
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Horace Oliver / Horace Oliver or "Shep" as he was known died in Auigust.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Museums at Large / "Cultural Trends 1989" reported that iindependent museums attracted 12. 7 million visitors in 1988: an increase of 9%. 205 of independent museums employed more than 5 full-time staff; one third used volunteers and 23 had no paid staff at all. The AIM will publish a study into the future of independent museums, The Folk Life Society is organising a seminar on "Woodland Crafts - Past and Present". Steyning has a new museum building. Yorkshire Museum of Farming closed with debts of nearly
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Exhibition of Building Conservation / Another Exhibition of Building Conservation, sponsored by CGA Insurance Brokers Limited will be held in June.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Spread the Word / An appeal for Friends to put up posters. Apply Richard Pailthorpe.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Retirements and Departures / Heather Champion, Elizabeth Newbery and John Williams are all retiring.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Staff Photo / A photo of the staff in the Market Square: Roger Champion (and Zak), Carol Hawkins (later Carol Brinson), Clare Nicoll, Heather Champion, Richard Pailthorpe, Jimmy Redrobe, Mike Tigh, Keith Bickmore, Dave Gabbitas, Alan Waters, John Chattaway, Lynn Shaw, Thelma Jack, Neill Wilkins, Jonathan Roberts, Albert Peacock, Percy North, Elizabeth Newbery, Les Whitecall, Andrew Hodby, Richard Harris and Chris Zeuner.
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