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1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Medieval Hall from Chislehurst, Kent / Richard Harris describes a Medieval Hall from Chislehurst, Kent, which had been offered to the Museum. Paul Russel dismantled it in November 1987 and the timbers are in store. For most of its life from 14th century it was Manor Farm, St Mary Cray, but was demolished in 1936, the timbers being rescued by Philip Street. H. S. Marsham-Townshend bought the timbers and used them to build a picturesque garden house in Scadbury Manor. The timbers were preserved but not in a faithful reproduction. Reconstruction will not be possible for some time, if at all.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988A thank-you to the Volunteer Stewards / Keith Bickmore thanksthe volunteers stewards.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Site-Call Ride - A sponsored cycle ride with a difference / Alan Waters, who raised over
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Museums at Large / Diana Zeuner reports on the Association of Independent Museums, and other similar Museums: Terry Suthers of the Yorkshire Museum is worried about the development of too many museums; the London Transport Museum's experiment of letting visitors spend the first hour for free and chargiing only those who stayed on wasn't successful; The Ryedale Folk Museum staged a national championship of Nine Men's Morris. Robert Hewison's recent book "The Heritage Industry" was devoted to claiming that the country was looking backward. This was attacked by David Sekers.
David Biart contributed an article to a booklet "The Role of Trustees of Independent Museums" published by AIM
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988The Organisation of the Museum / Jimmy Woollings describes the organisation of the Museum. An executive Board, appointed by the Trustees, is chaired by the President, appoints the Museum Director and Research Director. The members of the staff are appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Director. The Friends help the Trustees, Board and Staff in fund raising. There always has been a Sites and Buildings Advisory Committee, which is a specialist body advising on the buildings.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988The Storm / The Museum suffered little damage from the storm, losing a few hornbeams in the coppice. Court Barn's roof had some trouble, repaired promptly by Tompkins and Croucher.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 19882nd Exhibition of Building Conservation. / The 2nd Exhibition of Building Conservation. will be started in August.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988West Germans to Visit Buildings in the South / Arbeitskreis fur Hausforschung is to hold its 1988 annual conference in Southern England. Richard Harris will arrange its field trips.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Catering Changes / Mrs Alison Ellis of Clinches Salad House, Chichester has been given the concession for catering. The existing building is being modified to provide a larger counter area, and a temporary space under canvas will be added. The Ellises will also provide catering for parties in Crawley Hall.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Bayleaf Prints / Prints of Gordon Beningfield's picture of Bayleaf are selling well, but there are still more. If all are sold the project should raise
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Cowfold Barn / Roger Champion working on Cowfold Barn
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Visitor Numbers Drop / Chris Zeuner reports a drop in visitor numbers : 162 081 compared with 165 285 in 1986 and discusses methods of organising greater involvement for visitors, as seen in Wigan Pier and Science Centres.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Nigel Stephens / Nigel Stephens is now Chairman of the Trustees.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Opening Arrangements 1988-89 / Open every day from March 27th to October 31st.
Admission Charges: Adults,
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Vivat Trust / The Vivat Trust has restored the Medieval Chantry at Bridport and offers it for holiday accommodation
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Open Air Museum for Madiera? / Chris Zeuner and Klaus Ahrens, President of the European Open Air Museums travelled to Madiera to advise on the establishment of a museum in Funchal
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Museum Cookbook / Thoughts are at an early stage for the production of a cookery book.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988The Library - Fulfilling One of the Museum's Objectives / Roy Armstrong describes the purpose of the library as being for reference. It contains books, photographs, plans, drawings, and surveys with notes by surveyors etc. Richard Harris prepared software for cataloguing, and Marjorie Hallam was the first librarian. Caroline Hallam further developed the cataloguing system. Sally Stradling was Librarian for a while, and her place has been taken by Jonathan Roberts. There are some books for lending.
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Walks arranged for 1988 / Walks arranged are: to Sargent's Tree in Charlton Forest led by Richard Pailthorpe; dawn chorus at the Museum led by Andy and Ruth Tittensor; round Bignor led by Fred Aldsworth
1988/3Magazine Vol. 3 No. 1 / March 1988Crawley Hall / It is intended to encourage the use of Crawley Hall for educational purposes or as a small conference room for local businesses. We shall move into the Horsham shop in th early part of the year.
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