• Ellen Terry: Star of the Silent Screen. April talk

    Ellen Terry: Star of the Silent Screen. April talk

  • Notable Family of Rye

    Notable Family of Rye

  • Pottery pigs

    Pottery pigs

  • Views from the Ypres Tower

    Views from the Ypres Tower

  • It was All About the Sea

    It was All About the Sea

  • What do you know of Rye Mosaics?

    What do you know of Rye Mosaics?

  • WACOR Videos

    WACOR Videos


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 other current news keep scrolling down.

At the Museum

Record Breakers

We’ve had record numbers of visitors at the Tower — and at East Street too over the past several weeks:   There were well over 600 visitors on just one day at the Tower, and 228 on Easter Monday alone at East Street.    The Tower, open every day of the year, continues to be a major Rye attraction.  Visitor numbers at East Street since its resumption of weekend openings for the summer season have been so high we may be able to open on some weekdays as well.  Perhaps you would like to volunteer as a steward to make this possible?  You’d find this a very interesting and rewarding way to spend a morning or afternoon.   Thanks to a stop-and-look banner and FREE admission — and wonderful volunteer stewards — we attracted over 8000 visitors to our second site during last year’s summer season — a whopping increase in visitor numbers  of over 605%!  We’re aiming to better that record this year.

The Events box at right will tell you about some of the happenings  scheduled for the coming months.  Watch out for details and for additions to the list.   Meanwhile come to East Street on a weekend to see the Mapp and Lucia exhibits  admire our new red chairs, and perhaps buy a book or two.  Titles in our bonanza children’s book collection at the Bookstall have been going fast but there are still some real bargains.

And if you have somehow have not got yourself to the Ypres Tower (and the Women’s Tower) lately, scroll down to find out why you should go.

WACOR Project Videos

If you didn’t click on the Slideshow photo above of some of the children featured in the video series, do so now to see any or all of the four YouTube products of the very successful WACOR Project.  So many more people of all ages have become acquainted with the Museum and what it offers,  and learned a great deal about Rye while having a great deal of fun.  Many thanks to all those who took part and supported!

Brian Hargreaves: His Life and Work

Were you fortunate enough to see the outstanding work of Brian and Joyce Hargreaves at the recent Rye Art Gallery exhibition?  Even if you were not, a write-up of Brian’s work which accompanied the exhibition should be of interest as the Hargreaves together have done so much for the Museum — as Joyce continues to do.  Click here  (or on Brian Hargreaves under Local History at right).

 Not been to the Ypres Tower lately?   It’s certainly time to go again!

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 and the feedback from visitors is glowing!  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

 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.