Past Talks

The Story of  ‘Rye Royale’

The Story of  ‘Rye Royale’

A talk by Jo Kirkham at the East Street museum on February 9th Our first talk of 2017 can only be described as a tour de force: an outstanding example of how to present extensive research and knowledge on an enormous topic in such a clear and interesting way (including humour) that newcomers to Rye … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks, Rye Town History on 10th February 2017
Last updated: 11th February 2017



Know your local history

Know your local history

Murray of Beauport An illustrated talk by Brion Purdey at the East Street Museum 10th November 2016 The feature image.  What has the (public domain) image of The Death of General Wolfe by Anglo-American artist Benjamin West (1770) to do with our topic? At the time of the death in 1759 of British General James Wolfe at … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages, Talks Summaries on 12th November 2016
Last updated: 13th November 2016



Rye Museum as a Rye Festival Venue

Rye Museum as a Rye Festival Venue

This many times enlarged portrait of  Queen Elizabeth was made on a spec of gold inserted into the eye of a needle.  It was created by our speaker, micro-artist Graham Short,  to celebrate our Queen’s 90th birthday and is the smallest portrait ever made of  her, visible only by using a magnifying glass. (Photo INS News Agency Ltd.) Throughout the Rye Festival (September 17-October 1) … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks on 5th October 2016
Last updated: 12th October 2016



The Mysteries of Crop Circles

The Mysteries of Crop Circles

The  featured crop circle which appeared over a rainy night at Milk Hill, Wiltshire, in August 2001 is considered the most impressive to date.  The design, containing a record-breaking 409 circles ranging from 3 to 70 feet across, was so vast and complex it could be seen properly only from above ground.  (Our speaker reported … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks on 13th May 2016
Last updated: 14th May 2016



April 14th: Ellen Terry in Silent Movies

April 14th: Ellen Terry in Silent Movies

Thursday April 14th 7:30 p.m. East Street Ellen Terry: Star of the Silver Screen by Ann Rachlin Most Ryers know that Ellen Terry (1847-1928), Britain’s leading Shakespearean actress of the Victorian period, lived in Winchelsea and then in a 16th century house in Smallhythe,  a National Trust property since 1939 with fascinating exhibits and a … read more …

First posted in Past Talks on 29th March 2015
Last updated: 16th April 2015



Talk 9th Dec:: The Arts in WWI

Talk 9th Dec:: The Arts in WWI

Art, Poetry and Music in the First World War by Andrew Bamji Tuesday, 9th December  7:30 p.m.     East Street Museum When Andrew last came to talk to us on  how World War I injuries led to the the Origin and Development of Facial Surgery.  it was to a packed audience and followed by requests to … read more …

First posted in Past Talks on 30th November 2014
Last updated: 11th December 2014



Talks Programme 2013-2014

The Programme of Talks September 2013 – June 2014 Tuesday, 19th September  The Napoleon I Know by Chris Viner One of our most popular speakers returns to tell us about his favourite historical character. Tuesday, 8th October, Sussex Literary Landscapes by Dr Geoffrey Mead One of our Museum Trustees chooses a selection of literature about … read more …

First posted in Past Talks on 24th October 2014
Last updated: 24th October 2014



Winchelsea Corporation and the Court Hall Museum

Winchelsea Corporation and  the Court Hall Museum

Our Sister Town and its Museum Out latest talk (October 14) at the East Street Museum featured our sister town of Winchelsea which, like Rye, became a Head Port within the Cinque Ports Federation toward the end of the 12th century. Unlike every other ‘unreformed’ medieval Municipal Corporation in England, however, Winchelsea’s Corporation has survived. … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 16th October 2014
Last updated: 16th October 2014
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History near you

History near you

The Ashburnham Family by Mary, Lady Ashburnham Talk on Tuesday, 9th September East Street Museum Photo:  Broomham Hall, now known as Buckswood School, was once the home of the Guestling branch of the Ashburnham family.  Founded in 1933, Buckswood moved to Guestling in the year 2000 and now has 250 international students from nearly 50 … read more …

First posted in Notable People, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 29th September 2014
Last updated: 30th November 2014



History around us

The Ashburnham Family by Mary, Lady Ashburnham A capacity audience gathered at the East Street Museum on Tuesday evening (9th September) to hear Mary, Lady Ashburnham age 90, raised in Udimore and now a Rye resident  tell us stories sad, amusing and instructive about the Ashburnham  family and its role in a thousand years of … read more …

First posted in Past Events, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 11th September 2014
Last updated: 11th September 2014