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1988/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1988Scadbury Manor Folly / The Director reported that covered space had been located in a local village for laying out and examining the timbers from Scadbury Manor Folly. A solution regarding the future of this building should urgently be presented to the Executive Board. The Director was concerned by the view that buildings in the collection should not be put to a "modern" use - in this case, Scadbury for use as a refreshment area. The Director reported that at a recent meeting of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, comments had been made about the re-use of parts of buildings in modern structures - a project at Avoncroft was cited as an example (Plas Cadwgan). The Director considered it important to be clear on the attitude to the re-erection of buildings, and that priorities were interpretation and education, and the approach adopted to historic structures within the Museum should be totally different to the approach acceptable in architectural conservation outside the Museum context. \\
1988/10Bulletin / October 1988OFF-SITE ACTIVITIES / William, accompanied by Alan Waters and Chris Zeuner, attended the Country Day Parade in Walton on Thames. They took part in two parades through the streets of the town and undertook a special timber loading demonstration on the green in the centre of Walton.

This year William was not taken to Dunton Green Annual Heavy Horse Show, but instead the set of jigger wheels was transported to the show and were used for an arena demonstration.

The Museum Caravan was taken to the West Grinstead Ploughing Match, and this year won 1st prize for trade stands. The stand was manned by Bernard Johnson and Ted Nash.
1988/10Bulletin / October 1988NEW ENTRY ARRANGEMENTS / The Executive Board has decided that we will introduce changes to the way in which visitors arrive at the Museum for the next season.

The system to be introduced will involve visitors parking in the car park and walking to a new ticket kiosk near to Hambrook Barn. This will involve gating and fencing which will be done in sympathetic and appropriate materials.

The new system will have a number of advantages. Firstly, it will speed up entry to the car park, and secondly visitors will be able to arrive at the ticket kiosk in a more relaxed manner and it should be possible for our volunteers to assist visitors on arrival without the pressure of the traffic queue which occurs on busy days.

Re-entry will be possible, and a simple system will be introduced for this. Schools will continue to be dealt with in the main car park with one of the existing kiosks as the base for their reception.
1988/10Bulletin / October 1988BAYLEAF COMPLEX / Roger Champion has finished weatherboarding and it only remains for the threshing floor to be completed to finish this building (Cowfold Barn). Work on fencing the yard will start almost immediately and this will be followed by the fencing of the fields to be associated with Bayleaf.
1988/10Bulletin / October 1988NEWDIGATE BAKERY / The bakery and the cobbler's shop have now been completely dismantled and brought back to the Museum. Local research has revealed that the last occupant of the cobbler's shop was Mr Foot! A more detailed report on this building will appear in the Museum Magazine to be published in the spring.
1988/10Bulletin / October 1988ARTIST IN RESIDENCE / Ceramicist Janice Shales was stationed in Newick Plumbers Shop, using as her inspiration the timbers and joints in the nearby timber framed buildings. The children from Felpham Community School, Manhood Community School and Chichester High School for Boys, were encouraged to make pots and sculptures out of pieces of clay which had been pressed into textures to be found around the Newick Plumbers Shop.

Janice Shales will be returning for the second half of the Artist in Residence between 17 and 21 October, with the same schools attending.

An exhibition in Bishop Otter College will take place at the beginning of 1989.
1988/10Bulletin / October 1988GRAND AUTUMN PLANT SALE / The Plant Sale took place on 1st and 2nd October - two beautiful sunny days - and was a tremendous success, raising over
1988/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1988Layout of Fields for Bayleaf / The Director explained plans to fence off an area near to Gonville Cottage to establish paddocks to provide grazing for the stock to be acquired for the Bayleaf Complex. Heavy wattle fencing would be used for this purpose, of a type which would have been used in medieval times. Mr Heymann suggested that the Edward James Foundation might be prepared to license a further area of land to the Museum, to the west of Bayleaf. This offer was of considerable interest to the Director who felt that this alternative might be preferable to the original plans. Roger Champion suggested that to obstruct the top green path with a wattle fence would prevent wheel chairs proceeding along that route, and it was agreed that it would be a pity to lose that path.
1988/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1988Storage of Buildings and Related Artifacts / The Director stressed the importance of solving the problem in the long term of accommodating and caring for buildings in store. At present accommodation was provided by Charlton Barns, the lease for which ran for a further 15 years, as well as the railway cutting. The various alternatives were outlined: 1) Moving into Charlton Sawmill. However, the project did not appear at present to be progressing, and it would probably command high rentals; 2) Remaining in Charlton Barns. The rental here could be high, bearing in mind alternative uses for the complex i.e. housing. Authority had been given by the Goodwood Estate for the Museum to use their architectural advisors, Critchell Harrington, with regard to establishing the most economic use of the space from the Museum's point of view; 3) The Railway cutting. The Director wondered what opportunities there were on this site for expansion or building. Mr Heymann suggested that the Foundation would be anxious to \\
1988/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1988Future Building Priorities / Mr Armstrong circulated notes (see hard copy or pdf) that he had made as a basis for discussion, giving the priorities as he saw them. After discussion, the following order of priority was AGREED: 1) Sole Street Aisled Hall - subject to condition; 2) Bakehouse complex from Newdigate - possibly running alongside other projects because this building would use other skills than those employed by the Museum; 3) Poplars Cottage; 4) Tyndalls Cottage; 5) Ashtead Cottages; 6) Kirdford Barn/Granary from Claylands Farm, Ashurst; 7) Dovecote from Milton Street - this building could be associated with Scadbury Manor Folly; 8) Bersted Roundhouse. Scadbury Manor Folly has been removed from this list until a decision has been made as to its suitability for the Caf
1988/10SBC Minutes / 3 October 1988Landscaping / Mr Heymann reported that figures submitted by the Director accompanied by those of the Edward James Foundation would be presented to the National Heritage Memorial Fund following the hurricane damage. However, it was unlikely that an inspector would attend until November to assess any possible grant towards landscaping. Proposals for landscaping made by both the Foundation and the Museum would be presented shortly to the Trustees of the Foundation. Mr Heymann commented that research had revealed that the Museum site had not been included in the Park until the middle of the 19thC, and this could have an impact on the refurbishment of the Park as a whole.
1988/10Bulletin / October 1988SCADBURY MANOR FOLLY / At the beginning of November, the timbers of Scadbury Manor folly will be taken to a barn at Boxgrove, kindly made available by Mr and Mrs Christopher Todd, in order to lay them out and assess them so that a decision on the future of the building can be made.
1988/11Bulletin / November 1988RECORD VISITOR NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER! / October was our best-ever with over 19,000 visitors of which a record 6,000 attended the Threshing Weekend.

The season has ended with a total of over 175,000 attendances - at least 16,000 more than last year. This excellent result can be attributed to good publicity and reasonable weather on the days it mattered.
1988/11Bulletin / November 1988EDUCATION / A Circular has recently been issued by the Department of Education and Science regarding regulations for the funding of educational visits in the future, which could result in a serious reduction in school visits next season. The Director is keeping closely in touch with the situation.

The Teacher's Pack is currently being revised by Elizabeth Newbery, assisted by Jon Roberts. There are also plans to introduce better preliminary information for teachers next season.
1988/11Bulletin / November 1988PLOUGHING & THRESHING WEEKEND / The weekend resulted in 10 tons of wheat reed and 6 tons of long straw, the latter to be used for thatching Cowfold Barn in the spring. Two days of good weather ensured a most successful weekend of activity for the record number of visitors including working donkeys for the first time.

Thanks to Joan Brooks and her helpers, over
1988/11Bulletin / November 1988SCADBURY & SOLE STREET MOVE HOUSE / The timbers from Scadbury Manor Folly and Sole Street Building have been transported from the railway cutting to a barn at Boxgrove, let to us by Mr Christopher Todd. The purpose of this operation was to facilitate a detailed inspection by Richard Harris and Roger Champion prior to a decision on their future.
1988/11Bulletin / November 1988WARDENING / In order to allow Keith more time for his "shop" responsibilities, Carol Hawkins will be assisting one day a week in the capacity of Relief Warden next season.
1988/11Bulletin / November 1988FOOD & FARMING FORTNIGHT / Plans for Food & Farming Fortnight are progressing. It will commence with the opening of the Farming Exhibition on 26th May and culminate with the Heavy Horse Day on June 11th. In between, a series of events have been planned including a production of Canterbury Tales, Sheep Dog Trials on May 29th, a Debate on the Future of the Countryside at Goodwood House, and various lectures and seminar.
1988/11Bulletin / November 1988DATES OF FORTHCOMING EVENTS / NOVEMBER 11th Volunteers' Party
NOVEMBER 28th Board Meeting
NOVEMBER 30th Friends' Video Evening
DECEMBER 12th Trustees' Meeting
DECEMBER 19th Carol Service - 7.30 p.m.
DECEMBER 20th Junior Friends' Christmas Party
DEC 25-JAN 3rd Museum Office closed
DEC.26-JAN 2nd Museum open to the public
JANUARY 15th Walter's Quiz
MARCH 26th-27th Food Fair - a celebration of local regional food & drink
MAY 26-JUNE 1th Food & Farming Fortnight - 2 weeks of activities to celebrate British Food & Farming Year.
May 29th Novice Sheep Dog Trials
June 11th Heavy Horses at Singleton
JULY 23rd Show for Rare Breeds
OCTOBER 21-22nd Steam Ploughing and Threshing
1988/11Bulletin / November 1988LIVESTOCK! / A grant of
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