• Rye Schools of Yore

    Rye Schools of Yore

  • Once a Prison, Now a  Success Story

    Once a Prison, Now a Success Story

  • Introducing our  Virtual Tour

    Introducing our Virtual Tour

  • A Day out at the Castle

    A Day out at the Castle

  • Caught at the Tower!

    Caught at the Tower!

  • The Medieval Garden 2014

    The Medieval Garden 2014

  • Try your strength with the Ypres Tower longbow

    Try your strength with the Ypres Tower longbow


Welcome to the Rye Museum website!  There is lots to explore.  Click on a slideshow photo or the photos in the other boxes to see the whole article.  Click on a topic at right for a choice of articles in that category.  For other tips on using the site click  here.   For current news keep scrolling down.  Click on Medieval Conference above or at right for updates on this major event on 18th October.

The BBC at the Tower (again!)

J S Porter TV

With its  Rye Scallop Festival and Wild Boar Week and proximity to Romney Marsh and its lambs, not to mention its award-winning restaurants, Rye is on the British food map. So it is no surprise the BBC came here again to film for their new television series A Taste of Britain.

Pictured are chef Brian Turner and presenter Janet Street-Porter on the balcony at the Ypres Tower during the filming.

The pair talk a bit about the town before preparing some recipes which should, of course,  include those Rye Bay scallops and Romney Marsh lamb.

The programme will be transmitted on BBC1 in September.


What about one of these courses?

The Women and Children of Rye Project are holding a Family History workshop on the 20th and 27th of June from 9.30 am till 3.00 pm. If you would like to book a space please call Tina Hall on 01797 229600 or email her on tina.hall@ryepartnership.org. A Family Drama Course will begin soon.  Call Tina if you would like to join in.   Other proposed courses are on Photography, DIY for Ladies, First Aid, Information Technology  . . . Possibilities  for everyone!   Which courses happen depends in large part on the interest expressed so do register your wishes with Tina — no commitment required.  Courses are organised jointly by our partner in WACOR  — Rye Partnership — and South Coast College.   For updates on course offerings see the Museum’s Facebook page (see bottom of this home page for the link).\


East Sussex High Sheriff visits Rye Museum

High Sheriff visits Rye Museum

Mr. Graham Peters DL, High Sheriff of East Sussex and his wife, toured the Rye Castle Museum recently with Chairman Jo Kirkham.  She was pleased to show him all the improvements made and especially the newly refurbished Women’s Tower.   If you’re wondering what a High Sheriff does, here is a summary of Wikipedia information:

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political  yearly Royal appointment dating back to  Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.  They receive no remuneration.

The role has evolved, but supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain its central elements today. In addition, High Sheriffs support and encourage crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and the voluntary sector assisting  community organisationss and local charities serving those most in need

Next Talk

Tuesday  13th May  7:30.    East Street
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.

For a report on past talks  in our very popular  series click on Past Talks at right.

Garden Party 2014

19th July: Our annual Garden Party will again be at 11 High Street (Rae Festing’s).  Details to come.

Recent Events

Our most recent events were the official launch of the Women’s Tower and a Show and Tell afternoon at East Street when participants learned more about objects in the Museum’s collection  — a poster giving instructions on dealing with flies, ivory curiosities from ladies’ sewing boxes, postcards from Rye men at the front in World War I being just three examples  There have been school visits to the Tower and yet another Teacakes and Memories afternoon too.

In the months before these we 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

A murderer's fate

All Change at the Ypres Tower!

While we await the Go-Ahead for our plans for development at the Ypres Tower  so that we can have everything on one site, we urge you to revisit it as it has been transformed during the past year!  In the main tower there’s  the wonderful new Virtual Tour  and the skeleton of  John Breads in the very  cell where he awaited his fate.  Kids love it! and John Ryan’s book Murder in the Churchyard  is on sale at the Tower.  And in the newly opened Women’s Tower with its Audio-Visual display you can  learn about life as a woman prisoner nearly two centuries ago.  You can find out more about these attractions elsewhere on this site.

There are LOTS of other additions and improvements at the Tower:  new furniture and display panels, smartened-up exhibits, better lighting, a new model of the changing shoreline . . . .

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.

Marsh Panorama

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.