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1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Lord Watkinson retires / Lord Watkinson, the Museum's President, has retired. His place has been taken by Geoffrey Godber.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989The Museum's Collecting Policy / Chris Zeuner reports that the Trustees have written Collecting Policy, and he reproduces it. He insists that all offers of artefacts must be referred to him, and not accepted or left at the kiosk. [The policy is best looked at in the original].
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Reflecting on 1988 / Chris Zeuner reports 1988 was a good year: visitor numbers just under 180,000. Fine weather helped. Publicity in several forms: the Caravan taken to shows by Richard Pailthorpe; William, the heavy horse, and Bob Robinson's two shire horses at various events; demonstrations at the Museum; talks by staff and volunteers. Interpretation by volunteers is essential, and some training in this is necessary. Contact with Jon Roberts and Elizabeth Newbery is encouraged. The Bayleaf complex is well under way. The Newdigate Bakehouse is mentioned, and a late 19th century blacksmith's forge from Great Bookham, donated by the family of Mr H. Hamshar
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Miles of Battens for Chatham / In 1988 the Museum supplied 89,000 feet of battens for the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. The conservation of the Dockyard is being undertaken by Peter McCurdy, the architect being Martin Caroe, both well known to us. Other projects getting battens were Leigh Court Barn, and Stokesay Castle The battens were made by Albert Peacock and George Marshman from chestnut coppiced from Brandy Hole Lane.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989A Volunteer at Newdigate / Walter Greenway describes the dismantling of the Newdigate Bakehouse. [This is best read in detail]. He makes much of the helpful attitude of the Callcut family, who organised a fundraising scheme which raised
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Newdigate Bakehouse / The Museum spent much time in dismantling a Bakehouse in Newdigate. The building was given to the Museum by Mr and Mrs J. Callcut. It started as an 18th century timber framed building; then in mid-19th century the bakehouse was added; and in late 19th century the oven was rebuilt in brickwork. There was also a small workshop, believed to be a cobbler's shop. Every brick was numbered to permit exact rebuildinmg. Richard Harris surveyed the building and Heather Champoin led the dismantling, in which she was helped by volunteers from Newdigate and the Museum.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989Peter Minet / Peter Minet, the Museum's Vice-President, has died. The Peter Minet Trust has has given considerable assistance to the Museum.
1989/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 2 / March 1989New Entrance Arrangements / New Etrance arrangements have been or about to be made. The car park area has been altered and a new pedestrian ticket office will be installed between Hambrook Barn and the lavatories. This wiil allow visitors to park the car and then enter through the new kiosk, which has been designed by David Russell.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989THE SUNDAY ROAST! / We still have some Weald & Downland pork available if anyone would like some.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989SITE MAINTENANCE / Volunteers are in the process of re-distempering the interior of the Toll Cottage.

Bookers are in the process of torching the roof of Bayleaf and relaying some of the cobbles in the Market Square.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989VOLUNTEERS' PARTY / This took place on November 27th amidst the impressive surroundings of West Dean House, and was enjoyed by all.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989NEW TRUSTEE / We would like to welcome Mr Derek Bandey to the Trustees. He has recently retired from William M Mercer Fraser Ltd, and is involved in several local organisations, in particular PEP (Planning for Economic Prosperity) of which he has been Executive Vice-chairman.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989HOLLOWAY HILL COTTAGES / Work is now complete, the timber framework in temporary storage at Boxgrove for further examination, and the brick and stone stored in wire cages in the top car park. It was completed on time with exception of the lower part of the chimney which was taken down while the archaeologists dug the foundations and garden. The whole project was therefore undertaken within the time limits set by the contractors. The findings of the archaeologists and the results of investigation by Richard Harris will be published in due course, hopefully in a joint publication.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989A contribution from a young Museum volunteer: WALTON ON THAMES by Damian Snow aged 9 years / On Saturday September 16 my family and I got up early, dressed, and put our Museum jumpers on and set off to Walton on Thames. We were going to the Country Weekend. On the way we passed the Museum wagon. When we arrived we looked for Mr Robinson because his two horses were going to pull the wagon. We found him not far from where the wagon was parked. Mr Robinson was grooming and plaiting their manes.

The object of going there was to hand out leaflets to promote the Museum and our own Heavy Horse Day in October. When we were ready I got in the wagon with Mr Robinson to go down to the parade ring then out around the town of Walton on Thames to deliver handouts. We had two parades to take part in that day.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989FINALE TO BRITISH FOOD & FARMING YEAR / On 14 November the Director attended a service at St Paul's to commemorate British Food & Farming Year. This was an impressive and fitting end to a worthwhile project, the address being given by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989STAFF TRAINING TRIP - 4/5 December / This year the staff visited Avoncroft Museum, near Bromsgrove, and Ironbridge in Shropshire. It was a most rewarding study tour and thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was interesting to compare the two enterprises with our own and we came back full of ideas and impressions. It was an amusing coincidence that having spent the day with the Ironbridge staff the Directors of that institution and our own scooped the pool at the Times Shell Museum of the Year Award ceremony that evening!
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989CHICHESTER VISITORS' GROUP / Richard Pailthorpe has recently been appointed Chairman of this organisation, succeeding the Duke of Richmond. Congratulations, Richard!
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989EVEREST EXPEDITION / Congratulations to Allan on completing the Everest Marathon. We are pleased to report that it went well. Anyone who has sponsored Allan can leave their sponsorship at the Museum Office.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989MUSEUM SHOP / If you have not yet completed (or started!) your Christmas shopping, remember that the Museum Shop has a wide selection of interesting and unusual gifts, as well as the beautiful Bayleaf Collection of pewter and other items.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989AN ANONYMOUS DONATION / We have received an anonymous donation from a member of the Friends who so much enjoyed her recent visit to the Museum that she felt moved to send s
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