Museum History
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 Date   Origin   Summary 
2010/3Magazine / Spring 201040th Anniversary Commemorative Book / As a lasting memento of the Museum
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010The Museum celebrates four decades of achievement / 2010 is the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, and from early beginnings it has grown to become England
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Volunteer obituaries -- Michael Farr, Audrey Hunt / Michael Farr began as a volunteer at the Museum in 1992 attending regularly on Tuesdays. He soon became a guide, assisting with the many school and adult groups, in particular parties from France. When the Gridshell opened he conducted daily tours of the building. Michael, 83, died following a heart operation, and leaves his wife, Janet. Audrey Hunt worked for many years in the Museum shop. Her husband, Roland, was also a Museum volunteer.
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Woodcarvers demonstrate their skills / The Daywood Carvers
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Ploughmen at Singleton / Ploughmen at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Collections Team Update - recent acquisitions / A farmer, who had moved from Midhurst to Warlingham in Surrey, acquired, among other agricultural detritus, a milking bail. The milking bail is a movable milking parlour, towed by a tractor. They were in common use on dairy farms from the 1930s to the 1970s, having been devised in the early 1920s by Arthur J Hosier of Wexcombe in Wiltshire. The example acquired by the Museum bears his company trade name. His idea was to take the milking machinery to the herd and milk in situ, rather than move the cattle twice a day into a permanent parlour.

The bail acquired by the Museum is in good condition and neighbours recalled it being on the farm from the mid-1930sand, unusually, it had been housed inside one of the barns for most of its life. Much of the actual milking equipment such as the pipes and containers is missing, but the main structure shows how it operated. Some repair and consolidation is required and its permanent home will be at the end of the Vehicl \\
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010The Museum's got Talent / The Museum's got Talent exhibition held in November 2009 filled everyone with awe and pride as a collection of fine art and traditional crafts was mounted for display in the Jerwood Gridshell space. Items included patchwork and embroidery, woden sculpture, furniture and boxes, painting, photography, calligraphy, drawing, crochet, lace, ceramics, blacksmithing, jewellery, miniature furniture and dolls' houses. All the work was created by volunteers and staff.
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Hurdle Making / Rod Miller, from Dorset, demonstrated wattle hurdle making, fascinating many visitors seeing close up how the traditional woodland material of hazel was worked to make a useful and practical object.
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010News from the Schools Department / Five schools were able to visit the Museum thanks to the support of Kontron UK Ltd, a local business, who support schools that are struggling to finance trips to the Museum.

Hands-on farming activities have been re-introduced within the Tudor farming workshops giving the students the opportunity to use a flail and winnowing basket helping them to appreciate traditional farming skills. Schools are coming from as far awa as Appleford in Wiltshire.
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010The Tale of the Flail / This year the Museum is furnishing the cottage from Hangleton to suggest what the dwelling of husbandman (peasant farmer) may have looked like in the late 13th to early 14th century. Using medieval manuscript illustrations and the archaeological report from the dig on the site of the deserted village of Hangleton, replica items are being made to depict the domestic and working lives of the inhabitants of the cottage. Roger Champion, the Museum carpenter, has already completed most of the major items of furniture.

Most of the tools used at the time were made of wood, and the Luttrell Psalter, a Book of Psalms produced for Sir Geoffrey Luttrell in the first half of the 14th century is particularly well illustrated with scenes of agricultural work clearly showing the implements needed to work a medieval farm. One of the most interesting tools is the flail. It is a very simple tool, really just two sticks tied together, used to thresh cereal crops, peas and beans, to separate the se \\
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Museum Friends' vital contribution / The Friends of the Museum makes a significant financial contribution to the Museum's day-to-day operation and a variety of projects and activities. In 2009 the grants amounted to
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Friends' News / Friends' Day Trips for 2010 are as follows:

Windsor and Eton college - Friday 14th May, price
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Lifelong learning at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum / 2009 was a very eventful year, with 3,565 student-days of learning across the Museum's programme of courses in historic building and conservation and rural trades and crafts, Masters degree programmes, evening talks and courses for heritage professional. The Learning Department was very busy in the final part of the year with bookings for Christmas gifts. Courses for 2010 are filling up fast.

The two MSc courses held were MSc Timber Building Conservation and MSc Building Conservation. Both courses are valudated by Bournemouth University. Training in historic building conservation included the conservation of timber-framed buildings, ironwork, and tile-hung and weatherboarded buildings. The timber-framing courses produce several frames per year that are availabe for sale. Students are also offered the chance to learn a new skill during 2010 covering a number of subjects.

Seven bursaries are being offered for the first time for individuals \\
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Getting the Picture - how the Museum trains its volunteers / Visitor surveys comment on how much they value the personal contact with volunteers and staff who steward the buildings and elsewhere on site, and how helpful and informative they are. Although the musuem has always provided a training for volunteers, this year this training will be greatly increased and intensified. Over 30 sessions have been introduced covering a number of subjects. The two-hour long sessions are led by Museum staff and include talks and discussion and site visits. All attendance will be recorded so that volunteers can be allocated tasks for which they have the appropriate knowledge.

Mostly volunteers arrive at the museum individually, but last year there were a number of group arrivals, the first of which was a group of five highly-skilled men who had been conserving and running Shipley Mill. They now work alongside the Tuesday Gang. One week in late October 2009 three large teams arrived at the Museum from the Body Shop, \\
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Four legs, furry legs, feathered legs . . . / One of the South
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Schools
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Talking walls / Filming at Bayleaf last year for a BBC4 series If walls could talk with Lucy Worsley, Curator of the Royal Palaces. A history of the home, it traces how rooms have progressed and altered through time, centred around the presenter
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Ruby Anniversary Celebrations
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010Mike Doran -- obituary / Mike Doran, who died in November, was Honorary Treasurer of the Friends from 1990 until 1997. A major contribution he made was moving the Friends
2010/3Magazine / Spring 2010David Biart -- obituary / David Biart, who died in November in Canada, was Chairman of the Museum from 1982 to 1987, becoming a Vice President in 1995.
David was senior partner at the West Sussex law company, Thomas Eggar & Son, when he joined the trustees in 1979, taking over as Chairman from Geoffrey Godber three years later. Active and successful in the role, he took an interest in the wider museum sector and in 1984 and 1985 gave talks to seminars run by the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) on the legal responsibilities of trustees. He also contributed to an AIM Guideline on The Role of Trustees in Independent Museums.
In 1985-86, together with the Honorary Treasurer and Secretary, Jimmy Woollings, he presided over changes to the Museum
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