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1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Summer Party / An informal party is being held for Friends, Volunteers, Staff, Trustees and Building Conservation Exhibitors on 29th June. Contact Carol Hawkins (later Carol Brinson) or Richard Pailthorpe.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990The Painting Job / Les Taylor of John Booker and Son has done much of the painting of building exhibits. He has now retired.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Glorious Goodwood / The Duke of Richmond and Goodwood Racecourses Ltd. Have arranged a race with the name of the Museum in June
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Privies / The Worshipful Company of Plumbers will sponsor a photographic display about privies, which will be displayed in the Museum lavatories.
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Chichester Visitors Group / Ricvhard Pailthorpe has been appointed Chairman of the Chichester Visitors Group in succession to the Duke of Richmond
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Lectures Book Rapidly / The Museum organised a programme of lectures which were oversubscribed. Among other lecturers were David Sekers and Richard Harris. Miller Hughes Associates sponsored a leaflet about the lectures
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990The Downland Shepherd / Richard Pailthorpe is co-editor of Barclay Wills's book "The Downland Shepherd", which includes pictures by Gordon Beningfield
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Diary of Events / The main events are Easter- Special Demonstrations and Activities; Guild of Sussex Craftsmen Exhibition; Novice Sheepdog Trials; Heavy Horses; Goodwood Evening Race Meeting; Building Conservation Exhibition; Rare Breeds; Steam Ploughing and Threshing Activities
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Picture / A picture of the Godalming cottages during dismantling
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Visits to European Museums / Chris Zeuner has made several visits to European Open Air Museums in his capacity as President of the European Association of Open Air Museums. At Bokrijk discussions were made about the celebration of Skansen's centenary. He addressed a large audience concerned with the Eco Museum in Alsace. The bi-annual conference of the Association will be held in Czechoslovakia
1990/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 4 / March 1990Joan Cooper's Legacy / Joan Cooper left
1990/2Bulletin / January/February/MarchTHE LATE MISS J M COOPER / Miss Cooper very generously left
1990/2Bulletin / January/February/MarchSTAFF / We are sad to report that Heather Champion is retiring at the end of February, having been on the staff here since the early days. She first took charge of the development of the Education Service, and later responsibility for the care of the Museum's collections.

Elizabeth Newbery also leaves us in March to concentrate on her freelance work. Elizabeth served both the Museum and the West Sussex Countryside Studies Trust as joint Education Officer.

We will miss them both very much, and wish them well for the future.

John Williams, Assistant Warden, has announced his decision to retire. He has been a warden here for four years.
1990/2Bulletin / January/February/MarchTRUSTEES / It is with regret that we report the retirement from the Trustees of Brigadier Walter Greenway. However, Walter will continue his work with the Friends and as a volunteer at the Museum.

Mr W M Renwick had also retired, following the successful involvement of the NFU with the staging of the Bayleaf Farming Exhibition.
1990/2Bulletin / January/February/March(none) / "Winter Opening" over Christmas was successful, and the Novice Sheepdog Trials held on 31 January were well attended. The Museum was open to visitors for the recent half term week, and this proved well worthwhile.

Plans are going ahead well for the re-erection of the Sole Street building to provide additional covered space for the catering facilities. It is hoped that a planning application will be submitted shortly after a meeting of the Sites & Buildings Committee on March 1st.

The new access track from Court Barn to Gonville Drive is now under construction, and an associated tree planting scheme will commence shortly. A grant towards this has been received from West Sussex County Council.

Paul Russell and John Winterbottom are hard at work on the frame of the Petersfield Drying Shed, and it is hoped to re-erect this over Easter.

Thelma Jack - Bayleaf Interpretor - had an interesting experience recently. "How nice", exclaimed a visitor to Bayleaf, "there are mannequins in here l \\
1990/2Bulletin / January/February/March1990 LECTURES / A leaflet advertising these lectures, which have been sponsored by Miller Hughes Associates, has been circulated to the Friends, and the response has been overwhelming - like they were nearly all sold out within a couple of weeks!

The first lecture on Uppark by David Sekers, was so popular that it was relocated to the College of Technology in Chichester. Richard Harris' lecture on "Technical and Research Methods used at the Museum" is being repeated twice on the same day to accommodate 120 instead of 60, and it is intended that Fred Aldsworth's lecture on "Deserted Medieval Villages in Sussex" will also be relocated.

The lecture on "New England Architecture" by Geoffrey Claridge was much enjoyed. It was interesting to hear his enthusiasm for skyscrapers as well as traditional buildings.
1990/2Bulletin / January/February/March(none) / Following the recent "Hurricane Mk II", damage has been sustained by most of the thatched buildings on site. Several tiled buildings also suffered damage. As fast as repairs are carried out, more storms sweep in causing further damage! Roll on the Spring, or is this going to carry on all year? Our Director has heard from a reliable source that storms will continue until the end of the century.

Neill Wilkins, Alan Waters and Andrew Hodby have recently attended a course on the safe use of chain saws. This is the result of consideration being given to general safety on site, and further aspects of safety will be looked at.
1990/2Bulletin / January/February/MarchVOLUNTEERS / This year the volunteers' briefing will be taking the form of a day's training session on March 3rd. It is being held under the guidance of the Insite Trust which assists many other major tourist centres with volunteer training. This is followed by Richard Harris' lectures on Technical and Research Methods Used at the Museum which take place on the 10th. It is hoped that volunteers will find these two opportunities to increase their expertise and knowledge of great benefit.
1990/2Bulletin / January/February/MarchWALTER'S QUIZ / Yet again this was a great success. Walter's sense of humour tested participants to the limit. A very embarrassed Carol Hawkins won, but was delighted with the prize of a framed print donated by the Artist, Peter Iden.
1990/12Bulletin / December 1990
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