For a report on the most recent in our very popular Talks series click on Past Talks at right.
Next Three Talks
All will take place at East Street, at 7:30 pm.
Tuesday 11th March,
Traditional Trades, Crafts and Industries of Kent and East Sussex by Richard Filmer
Our forebears had amazing skills which you can learn more about from Richard who has written and photographed extensively on Kentish rural crafts and craftsmen, Hops and Hop Picking being just one example. See Events box at right.
Tuesday 8th April,
Victorian and Edwardian Schooldays by Peter Ewart
Peter, a member of our Museum who grew up in Rye and is always a popular speaker, is returning to tell us stories about schooldays in the past, with examples from Rye.
Tuesday 13th May,
Military Medals by Glen Jones
There are special bonuses on this evening: Glen will be happy after his talk to advise on family research involving military connections and to give evaluations of medals brought by members of the audience.
It’s not too early to enter these dates in your diary. Details coming.
2nd April: Another of our popular Bring and Tell afternoons. Our Curator will present an unusual item from the Museum’s collection — and participants are invited to bring objects too.
19th July: Our annual Garden Party at 11 High Street (Rae Festing’s)
18th October: The Hazards of Life and Causes of Death in Late Medieval England. This is the theme of the 5th Rye Medieval Conference which will be held at Rye College. Rye Museum’s sponsor for this event is the Rye Academy Trust. Book early as people come from afar to attend these conferences.
Have you visited our Facebook and Twitter pages?
On Facebook, for example, you’ll find news of seven proposed new courses to be held during March and April at Tilling Green Community Centre: Family History, Photography, DIY for Ladies, Drama, First Aid, IT .. . . Something for everyone! They will be run by our partner in the WACOR project — Rye Partnership — and South Coast College. Interested? Contact Tina at Tilling Green Community Centre on 01797 229600. And keep checking Facebook for the latest details.
In recent months we’ve had a Ghost Story night, a Craft Fair, a fascinating talk on 17th century Rye (1665, the year of the Plague), a book signing, a Children’s Christmas Craft Discovery Day, a Father Christmas Grotto and on January 11th a wonderful New Year’s party for members with delicious food courtesy Rae Festing and an amusing play featuring Mapp and Lucia characters transported to the Ypres Tower in the 15th century Now we’re looking forward to events and developments at the Museum in 2014. Besides the talks (see above) there will be an official opening of the Women’s Tower, now complete with prisoner Mary Read figure and a popular AV display. And there will soon be a Virtual Tour so visitors less mobile can enjoy everything too. Details of both on this page very soon.
While we await the Go-Ahead for our plans for development at the Ypres Tower so that we can have everything on one site, you might like to revisit the Tower to see all that is new there. Just keep scrolling down:
All Change at the Ypres Tower!
You can click on 3 different photos on the Home Page slideshow to find out more but better yet, come and see the latest improvements for yourself. Be sure to visit the just- opened Women’s Tower to learn about life as a woman prisoner nearly two centuries ago!
You’ve probably already read about the arrival of the iron cage with the skeleton of John Breads in the very cell where he awaited his fate. (Kids love it!) The story is there too, and it’s also told in John Ryan’s book Murder in the Churchyard which is on sale at the Tower.
There are LOTS of additions and improvements at the Tower: new furniture and display panels, smartened-up exhibits, better lighting, a Virtual Tour, an Audio-Visual presentation at the Women’s Tower. . . .
You’ve been before? Time to come again and see the new Ypres Tower museum.
Don’t forget to admire the views from the Lookout (the balcony). Here is a recent Marsh panorama contributed by Peter Varley. For more views — by Clive Sawyer, click here.
A Virtual Tour of Romantic Rye
Move around Rye without leaving your chair. courtesy Visit Rye Bay. To go directly to the video click here. Mercifully free of chatter, it will lead you up and down the streets, zooming in on houses, buildings, views. . . If you’ve been to Rye can you recall where all these places are? If you’ve not, we encourage you to come and tour the town for real.