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Making Things at East Street

Making Things at East Street

Children’s Craft Afternoon February 17th Click on a photo to enlarge it. Children (and their parents/grandparents) always enjoy the activity afternoons at East Street. At this one, organised by stalwarts Sue Manktelow and Sue Muddiman,  they made bird feeders and pencil toppers and also decorated scallop shells with paint and glitter.       When … read more …

First posted in Children at the Museum, East Street Posts, Featured, Past Events on 18th February 2017
Last updated: 18th February 2017



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



Father Christmas in his East Street Grotto

Father Christmas in his East Street Grotto

Father Christmas at the Museum Father Christmas was kept busy throughout the day in his grotto at East St Museum which had been decorated for the festival theme of Tales of Old. He saw almost 400 children plus their parents, grandparents uncles, aunts, cousins, friends.  (In fact it seemed like the whole town had come to see … read more …

First posted in Featured on 13th December 2016
Last updated: 13th December 2016



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



5 star ratings for the Ypres Tower

5 star ratings for the Ypres Tower

  Visitors are promoting our Castle and the town   Both our museums are accumulating 5 star ratings on Trip Advisor.  Here are a few examples from recent ‘Excellent’  postings for the Ypres Tower, our open-every-day site.  (Next time: a report on the East Street museum.) The first needs translating for you unless you are familiar with … read more …

First posted in Featured, Said About Rye, Ypres Tower Posts on 30th October 2016
Last updated: 2nd November 2016



‘Conspicuous Consumption’ a Draw to Rye

‘Conspicuous Consumption’ a Draw to Rye

Rye’s Medieval Conference 2016 a boost for the town Professor Michael Hicks (far right) of the University of Winchester brought five more excellent speakers to our Medieval Conference from the Universities of Southampton and Winchester. From left: Dr Anne Sutton (Costume and Dress), Mrs Angela Clark (Keeping up with the Joneses), Dr Jessica Lutkin (Jewels and Plate), … read more …

First posted in Featured, News, Past Events on 27th October 2016
Last updated: 31st October 2016



Look Again at Buildings Around You

Look Again at Buildings Around You

The featured illustration, Mermaid Street by Brian Hargreaves,  is a splendid  example in our own town of Rye of varied vernacular building materials and styles.  Thanks to Joyce Hargreaves for permission to use it. Those fortunate enough to attend Dr Geoffrey Mead’s illustrated talk Hearth and Home: Sussex Building Materials and Styles on Thursday October 13th will henceforth … read more …

First posted in Featured, Maritime Rye, Rye Buildings and Defences on 16th October 2016
Last updated: 20th October 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



Fashion and Belief

Fashion and Belief

 ‘They tell  me they were in fashion last year’: The portrait of Two Sisters and Their Brother(Wharton children)  c1656 (artist unknown) is courtesy Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository Dr Danae Tankard of the University of Chichester (and the Weald and Downland Museum) provided a most informative and entertaining evening at East Street on Thursday, … read more …

First posted in Featured, Notable People, Rye Town History on 12th June 2016
Last updated: 12th June 2016



For the Queen’s Birthday

For the Queen’s Birthday

Happy Birthday to our Queen June 2nd saw another busy and fun craft afternoon at East Street attended by local children and others on holiday, including visiting grandchildren from Singapore!  — in all, 14 children and 15 adults, producing a variety of crafts to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. They made wonderful crowns adorned with crystals … read more …

First posted in Children at the Museum, East Street Posts, Featured, Past Events on 3rd June 2016
Last updated: 3rd June 2016