Museum History
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1989/12Bulletin / December 1989AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT! / By now you must all have heard of the splendid news of the Times Shell Community Museum of the Year Award, received b our Director from HRH the Duchess of York at a ceremony at the National Gallery on December 5th. We are now the proud owners of a bronze sculpture by Sarah Toombs and
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989JUNIOR FRIENDS' PARTY / This will take place on Saturday December 16th from 2 - 4 p.m.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989CAROL SERVICE / Carols this year will take place in North Cray on Monday 18th December at 7.00 p.m.
1989/12SBC Minutes / 14 December 1989The Committee / John Warren was concerned that this committee had not met for 15 months, during which time buildings had been offered and accepted or turned down. John Warren reported that the Director had indicated that a meeting would only be called when he saw fit. The Director and Research Director agreed that the Committee was not effective. Mr Warren said that a body of people was required who could work together agreeably and purposefully, meeting three times a year or more. Mr Heymann felt it should be considered an honour to belong to the committee. The Research Director agreed. The purpose of the committee was then discussed. Concern was expressed that a meeting had not been called earlier to discuss the use of Sole Street for catering purposes. Mrs Hallam felt that the Sites & Buildings Committee should have been more involved in the Bayleaf Project. The Chairman reminded the committee that both Directors had been overburdened with work leading up to the opening of this project, but rea \\
1989/12SBC Minutes / 14 December 1989Allington Saw Shed / The Director confirmed to John Warren that Allington Saw Shed was in store.
1989/12SBC Minutes / 14 December 1989House at Holloway Hill / The timbers of this building had yet to be analysed. It comprised a timber framed building with a rear chimney stack of brick and bargate stone, and dating from the second half of the 16thC. However, the chimney had been rebuilt in the 17thC. Richard Harris described the building in detail, recommending that the building should be re-erected with the bargate stone facade, behind which the visitor would discover a 16thC interior. A proposition had been made to use this building as a solution to the present problem of inadequate office accommodation. The right hand end would provide adequate office accommodation on two floors, whilst the left hand area would provide an exhibit for the public. An outshott would be necessary to make the proposal work. Siting of this building was suggested between the Toll Cottage and Market Square on the upper side of the road. It would be within the museum village area but also close enough to the perimeter for servicing purposes. When the ne \\
1989/12SBC Minutes / 14 December 1989Summary of Recommendations made by Museum Director and Research Director to the Executive Board for the use of Sole Street to provide covered space for catering / The Museum Director explained that this building would provide an important structure, fitting into the collecting policy. It was highly unlikely that a building of this type would be offered again. However, he was aware that the remaining timbers were of a fragmentary nature. He drew attention to the fact that the catering enterprise had developed most successfully, producing a good rental and some
1989/12SBC Minutes / 14 December 1989Report from Research Director on analysis of timbers of Sole Street and Scadbury Buildings / As the Research Director had already reported to both the Executive Board and the Trustees on this subject, he made his comments brief. A plan of Sole Street building was circulated. The Research Director understood that the Scadbury building was now no longer under consideration for the purposes of catering accommodation. Mrs Hallam asked if the building was therefore totally written off. The Museum Director explained that although it was not suitable for catering purposes it remained a structure of interest to the museum. It was not on the priority list for re-erection, and the timbers would be properly stored and available for research and study purposes in the meantime. It was AGREED that in the future the Museum would receive fewer offers of buildings. The Sole Street building had been the subject of lengthy discussion by the Executive Board, and the Board had agreed, with confirmation by the Trustees, \\
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989FORWARD DATES: / Walter's Quiz Sunday 14th January from 2.00 p.m
Executive Board Meeting Monday 15th January at 9.30 a.m
Trustees Meeting Monday 12th February at 6.30 p.m


1989/12Bulletin / December 1989PAUL BICKMORE / We are delighted to report that, following his very severe illness, Keith Bickmore's son, Paul, is now recovered, and hopes to return to work in the new year.
1989/11Bulletin / November 1989(none) / The Museum's main season has now closed with the final total exceeding 182,000 visitors. This splendid result reflects the excellent publicity set up by Richard Pailthorpe, as well as the exceptional weather we had throughout the summer. All these extra visitors generate a lot of extra work for staff and volunteers whose efforts are very much appreciated. We look forward to saying a big thank you to them at the Volunteers' Party at the end of the month.

The Museum will now revert to its usual winter opening - Wednesdays and Sundays - until the beginning of April. Please note that the Museum will also be open 26 - 31 December inclusive.


Work on the dismantling of the Holloway Hill cottages is well underway, and should be completed by the end of November. Much welcome publicity has been reaped through this exercise, both in newsprint and on the screen.

The Trustees have agreed in princip \\
1989/11Bulletin / November 1989FORTHCOMING EVENTS / Executive Board Meeting Monday 20 November at 9.30 a.m
Volunteers' Party Monday 27 November
Trustees Meeting Wednesday 29 November at 6.30 p.m
Junior Friends Party Saturday 16 December
Carols Monday 18 December at 7.00p.m
1989/10Bulletin / October 1989HOLLOWAY HILL COTTAGES, GODALMING / The Museum has been given 8 weeks in which to remove the building which lies in the path of the new Godalming inner relief road. Surrey County Council has made the building available to the Museum and is paying for the cost of dismantling.

Richard Harris is leading a team of Museum Staff and other specialists, supported by a number of local volunteers to achieve this race against time.

Following a detailed inspection, it has been discovered that the 19th century Bargate stone fa
1989/10Bulletin / October 1989FORWARD DATES / Trustees Meeting Friday October 20th, 6.30 p.m
Ploughing & Threshing weekend October 21st and 22nd
Executive Board Meeting Friday November 3rd, 9.30 a.m
Trustees Meeting Wednesday November 29th, 6.30 p.m
1989/10Bulletin / October 1989RECENT ACTIVITIES / The Conference for German specialists in vernacular architecture organised by Richard Harris at the beginning of September was a great success. Based at Bishop Otter College in Chichester, delegates visited several vernacular buildings in the area and enjoyed a day at this Museum.

During September the Director visited the Bokrijk Open Air Museum in Belgium, the Alsace Eco Museum, and Czechoslovakia where next year's Conference for the Association of European Open Air Museums would take place. Our Director is also President of this organisation.

We are very grateful to the Snow family who attended the Walton on Thames Street Parade and distributed leaflets, whilst Bob Robinson horsed the waggon.

Virginia Lyon, Vice-chairman of the Friends of the Museum, is at present in the United States taking a party of the Friends around Museums on the East Coast.

WEA classes on Industrial Archaeology are currently underway, weekly, in Crawley Hall.

In September the Museum was pleased \\
1989/10Bulletin / October 1989TIMES SHELL COMMUNITY MUSEUM AWARD / We hope you will ALL rush out to buy copies of THE TIMES on Saturday 21st October and Wednesday 25th, and VOTE FOR THE MUSEUM! We stand to win
1989/10Bulletin / October 1989FUND RAISING / The Bristol & West Building Society are generously sponsoring the Steam Threshing and Ploughing weekend (21/22 October) to the tune of
1989/10Bulletin / October 1989HAZEL WINS THE 'FRIDGE! / August Bank Holiday Monday heralded the draw of another very successful Friends' Raffle, and we are very pleased to report that Museum Cleaner, Hazel Bleach, won the 'fridge kindly donated by Lec Refrigeration. There were many other marvellous prizes, and all recipients - from as far afield as Bahrain - were delighted with their winnings.

The Raffle made the grand total of
1989/10Bulletin / October 1989FRIENDS' ART EXHIBITION / Sponsored by Roth & Partners, this exhibition was successfully organised by Carol Hawkins. Local artists provided a variety of artistic talent and interest for the many visitors to the Exhibition.
1989/10Bulletin / October 1989ALL RECORDS BROKEN!! / Attendances this year have remained high, and the Museum is likely to reach a record attendance of approximately 185,000. We are extremely pleased with this result and it is understandable that the largest increase in attendance took place in the early part of the year, particularly after the opening of Bayleaf which attracted a considerable amount of publicity.

August remains a very difficult month and although results were satisfactory the pattern continues to be one of a general decline of attendances in August. This pattern is repeated in many tourist attractions throughout the country and is a reflection of changing habits amongst holiday makers. The effect of the problems being faced by schools was noticeable but not as dramatic as had been feared.

We will therefore enter the Winter ahead of our budgetted income. This is particularly gratifying as the Bayleaf Project cost considerably more than originally estimated. This was due in part because as research for the p \\
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