WACOR

The Women and Children of Rye Project was partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and involved a collaboration of Rye Museum Volunteers working with the Rye Partnership and the local Community to restore and reopen the Women’s Tower, what is believed to be our unique small prison, built to house women and children in separate accommodation from the male prisoners in 1837.

A wide range of activities were held to raise awareness of the Scheme as well as investigate a completely neglected part of Rye’s history – namely how the women and children lived in Rye over the centuries.

WACOR Videos

WACOR Videos

WACOR Project Videos on YouTube You might enjoy watching four short videos showing aspects of the WACOR (Women and Children in Rye) Project. One is a Retropective of the project as a whole while the other three feature children from local schools learning and telling about WWII, the Victorians and Smuggling. The making of the … read more …

First posted in Featured, WACOR on 8th January 2015
Last updated: 4th August 2015



WACOR Celebrates!

WACOR Celebrates!

Thanks to Curator Linden Thomas for all the photos What remarkable achievements in the two years of the WACOR project! We celebrated them on 3rd September at the Tilling Green Community Centre  where the roomful of displays showed the many activities which took place during the length of the project. (There was also a film … read more …

First posted in Featured, WACOR on 8th September 2014
Last updated: 4th August 2015



WACOR Courses August 2014

WACOR Courses As for WACOR activities during August,  the welcome  news is that there are still four workshops for 8 to 12 year olds  on offer. See below.  If you missed the first three get in touch with Michelle to see if there are spaces on any of these.  They’re fun!   As spaces are … read more …

First posted in WACOR on 26th August 2014
Last updated: 26th August 2014



Once a Prison, Now a Success Story

Once a Prison, Now a  Success Story

Official Launch of the Women’s Tower The Women and Children in Rye (WACOR) project is nearly complete and as of its celebratory launch event on Monday, 31st March, the Women’s Tower is now officially open to the public!  It is the culmination of a joint effort by Rye Museum and the Rye Partnership over a … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Events, WACOR, Ypres Tower Posts on 2nd April 2014
Last updated: 2nd April 2014



What did Victorians eat?

What did Victorians eat?

Children’s Craft/Discovery Day 30th October Children who came to the Craft/Discovery Day during Wild Boar Week learned about who ate what in Victorian times and some of the differences amongst social classes: rich Victorians, working class Victorians and the workhouse poor, as well as  differences between urban and rural poor.   The children were given … read more …

First posted in Children at the Museum, WACOR on 7th November 2013
Last updated: 11th December 2013



Competition: Design a Flag for Christmas. Deadline 15th November

Competition:  Design a Flag for Christmas. Deadline 15th November

Can your children/grandchildren design a Victorian themed Christmas flag? They’re invited to join a WACOR (Women and Children in Rye) competition, with a chance to have their flag displayed around town throughout the Christmas period There are five categories: 5 to  7 year olds 7 to  11 year olds 11 to 14 year olds 14 … read more …

First posted in Children at the Museum, WACOR on 31st October 2013
Last updated: 16th November 2013



Have you ever tried Sun Printing?

Have you ever tried Sun Printing?

It’s fun! Artist photographer Tim Mitchell taught children and their parents how to do it. They used plants in the Medieval Garden at the Ypres Tower and created bunting which will be on display when we open the Women’s Tower. Here are some photos taken during the workshops:

First posted in Children at the Museum, Medieval Garden, Past Events, WACOR, Ypres Tower Posts on 11th September 2013
Last updated: 2nd October 2013
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WACOR Family Fun

WACOR Family Fun

A selection of photos from the several Family Fun Days at Tilling Green.  Themes included World War II, Smuggling and Seafaring,  and Victorian times.    

First posted in Children at the Museum, News, WACOR on 11th September 2013
Last updated: 31st October 2013



We learned photo portraiture

We learned photo portraiture

WACOR Workshops are Fun! Thanks to participant John Whylie for the feature photo and two others, to parents for permitting us to use photos of their children and to Tim for running such successful workshops. Participants in the second pair of Victorian photography workshops (August 14th and 15th) run by artist photographer Tim Mitchell learned … read more …

First posted in Children at the Museum, News, WACOR on 21st August 2013
Last updated: 1st October 2013
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Sun printing Family Day

Sun printing Family Day

Another Family Fun Day 28th & 29th August – 10am to  3pm Tilling Green Community Centre Learn the magic of capturing images on fabric. Make bunting for the opening of the Women’s Tower — using cameraless photography Has to be seen to be believed and it’s oh so simple! We’ll be starting off, as announced, … read more …

First posted in News, WACOR on 20th August 2013
Last updated: 29th August 2013