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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



Rye’s Waterloo Expert

Rye’s Waterloo Expert

Chris Viner and a partial glimpse of  battle scenes leading up to Waterloo. What a spellbinding account of the Battle of Waterloo we received last Thursday, October 8th at our East Street Museum, from a recognized world expert on Napoleon, who happens to live in Rye. Chris Viner (Soldiers of Rye, on the High Street) … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast, Notable People on 12th October 2015
Last updated: 13th October 2015



Brian Hargreaves

Brian Hargreaves

BRIAN HARGREAVES 1935 – 2011 by Christine Rhone Christine contributed the following  information on Brian Hargreaves for the recent Rye Art Gallery exhibition of work by both Brian and his wife Joyce, two gifted professional Rye artists.   The exhibition included landscape watercolours, collectable originals of butterflies and original pen and ink drawings while from Joyce … read more …

First posted in Notable People on 29th September 2014
Last updated: 29th September 2014



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



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 … read more …

First posted in News, Notable People, Ypres Tower Posts on 8th May 2014
Last updated: 8th May 2014



Plague, Death and the Transit of Venus: Talk 25th Nov.

Plague, Death and the Transit of Venus: Talk 25th Nov.

How Rye Museum’s archives contributed to a speaker’s PhD (The  feature photo shows Rye Museum Association chairman Jo Kirkham with our speaker, Dr Donna Bilak.) Dr Donna Bilak returned once again  to relay more of her fascinating research findings about leading Rye intellectuals of the 17th century to  a filled East Street Museum at an ‘extra’ … read more …

First posted in Notable People, Past Talks, Rye Town History on 27th November 2013
Last updated: 11th December 2013
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Viola Bayley

NB: Brief sketches of Rye writers appear in Literary Rye –> Writers in Rye.   Fuller accounts of more of them, this being an example, will be added from time to time. With thanks to Julia Makin via Peakirk Books  for much of the information. Viola Bayley (1911 – 1997), daughter of an artist, was born … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Notable People on 12th June 2012
Last updated: 27th November 2012



Reginald Blomfield

Reginald Blomfield

The Cross of Sacrifice display at the Ypres Tower Among the recent additions to the Ypres Tower displays is the model for the Cross of Sacrifice which Sir Reginald Blomfield (1856-1942) designed for the Imperial War Museum to commemorate soliders who lost their lives in the Ypres Salient during WWI. but have no marked graves. … read more …

First posted in Notable People, Ypres Tower Posts on 10th October 2011
Last updated: 2nd December 2012
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17th Century Rye Personalities

Friday 30th September, East Street The Chymical Club: John Allin, Samuel Jeake, Philip Frith and the Pursuit of Alchemy in 17th century Rye and London by  Donna Bilak: (Lecture 3 in her series in aid of the Women’s Tower Project) Donna Bilak of the Bard Graduate Center in New York was in England again to … read more …

First posted in Notable People, Past Talks, Rye Town History on 2nd October 2011
Last updated: 7th December 2012
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Geoffrey Spink Bagley

Geoffrey Spink Bagley

‘Geoffrey Bagley, Esq. Ryer Extraordinary’ (Painting  of Rye Harbour by Geoffrey Bagley by permission of Your Paintings: BBC in collaboration with Public Catalogue Foundation) This was the subtitle of a 1973 Down Rye Way column by the then editor of Rye’s Own, Christopher Davson. And as you will see from what follows, Geoffrey Bagley really … read more …

First posted in Notable People, Rye Museum Story, Rye Town History on 9th September 2011
Last updated: 2nd December 2012
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