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 – but there are still two events to come before Christmas:
Tuesday 10th December 7:30 East Street Museum
Rye Spirits by Annabel Gregory
Author Annabel will tell us more about witchcraft in 17th century Rye — the subject of her recently published book Rye Spirits. Click on the Events Box above right for details.
Saturday 14th December 4 – 6 pm East Street Museum
Father Christmas Grotto
Children will be able to talk with Father Christmas (and Mother Christmas too) and receive a present at this very popular annual event.
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.
Thanks to all our Friends of Rye!
There was a gratifying turnout of Ryers and friends to the East Street Museum Coffee Morning on Saturday, 12th October, and enthusiastic response to the plans for moving the entire museum onto the Ypres Tower site. Thanks to all those who wrote or emailed of your support to Rother District Council Planning. We are waiting for their response.
Now we invite any of you who have not visited the Ypres Tower within the last week to revisit! The Women’s Tower whose repair the people of Rye have supported so well is now open to the public enabling local residents and visitors to learn more about the women (and children) imprisoned there from 1837. See All Change at the Ypres Tower below.
All Change at the Ypres Tower!
Come and see the latest improvements for yourself. And 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.
At East Street
- The East Street Museum site is now closed to the general public — after a good month of weekend openings in September — while we concentrate attention on the many developments at the Ypres Tower. It is still possible of course to book group visits to East Street, and the usual programme of talks, coffee mornings, children’s activity days and so on will continue at East Street throughout the year!
- A half-day workshop held at East Street on ways of hooking visitors with attention-grabbing display information has inspired those who attended to apply more tricks-of-the-trade to our displays. We want visitors to our two sites to stay still longer, learn still more, come back again, and bring their friends. Since the Rye workshop five representatives have been able to pick up more tips at another workshop at the Imperial War Museum. Expect to notice some of the results on your future visits.
At Tilling Green
- Michelle Playford, the new Community Learning Officer for the Women and Children of Rye (WACOR) project has already held a new series of Tea, Cakes and Memories events at the Tilling Green Community Centre) for reminiscencing about World War II and ‘old Rye’. Some of the stories will soon be available in print and/or on CD. Plans for other activities are in the pipeline.
- And this was the venue for the quite exciting Photography workshops introducing techniques used by the Victorians and for the Family Craft themed activity mornings and photographic workshop days: two Pinhole Photography workshops, two Professional Portraiture workshops and two Sun Printing workshops, some of which involved practical work at the Ypres Tower garden.
For photos of the first Victorian photography workshops on Pinhole Photography click here
For the second workshop, on Portraiture, click here.
For the third on Sun Printing, clock here.
All around Rye
Young film makers at work. See the featured article here.
We hope to provide a link to their films on this site soon.