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1989/10Magazine Vol. 3 No. 3 / October 1989Hollway Hill Cottages / The dismantling of the Holloway Hill Cottages in Godalming begins this month. It is expected to take about eight weeks
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 \\
1989/10Magazine Vol. 3 No. 3 / October 19893 pictures / Pictures of Mr J. Swallow presenting John McDermott with a trophy for timber-nigging on the Heavy Horse Day; the Museum's Stand at the Festival of Food, featuring Beryl Bickmore, Keith Bickmore, and Clare Nicoll; Bernard and Beryl Rush with Carol Hawkins (later Carol Brinson) drawing the winning ticket for the raffle. , which raised
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.
1989/10Magazine Vol. 3 No. 3 / October 1989Our Volunteers - A Magic Ingredient / We welcomed several new volunteers this year, but more are always wanted
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 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 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 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
1989/10Magazine Vol. 3 No. 3 / October 1989Museum Shows Steady Increase in Visitors. / The numbers of visitors to the end of August was 152 015 compared with 140 614 in 1988 and 131 311 in 1987
1989/10Magazine Vol. 3 No. 3 / October 1989January Quiz / Walter Greenway is arranging a quiz based on photographs taken mainly at the Museum. A small charge will be made
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
1989/11Bulletin / 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
1989/12Bulletin / 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.
1989/12SBC 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
1989/12Bulletin / 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
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.
1989/12Bulletin / December 1989CHICHESTER VISITORS' GROUP / Richard Pailthorpe has recently been appointed Chairman of this organisation, succeeding the Duke of Richmond. Congratulations, Richard!
1989/12Bulletin / December 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!
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