Our Links list is growing. There’s some really interesting and useful information at each of these sites so do spend time exploring.
- Battle Museum
Set within a beautiful walled garden which surrounds an Elizabethan Almonry, this museum presents a sampling of Battle’s rich history from dinosaurs to Neolithic Man to the Battle of Hastings to local industries to Guy Fawkes to WWII through artefacts, photographs and archives.
- Bexhill Museum
Newly refurbished and extended, the main galleries include costume and motor racing heritage as well as local archaeology and history, dinosaurs and fossils, natural history and geology, social history and cultures of other lands, local arts and crafts. The history of Bexhill ranges from earliest days through medieval village, smuggling, Napoleonic barrack town, Victorian/Edwardian resort and the birthplace of British motor racing in 1902.There are Interactive displays and an Access Centre for research.
- Facebook (RyeMuseum Page)
We now have our very own Facebook page which we hope you will use. Here is your chance to comment — and if you like us, to say so.
- Fishermans’ Museum Hastings
One of Hastings; most popular attractions, this is housed within an old church and features one of the last luggers (sailing fishing boats) plus models, photos, paintings and all kinds of fishing artefacts. You can tie in this visit with one to the Shipwreck Museum (see below) and if you have another day, the Blue Reef Aquarium.
- Hastings Area Archaeological Research Group
A volunteer organisation for those interested in local history and archaeology who would like to take an active part in discovering and recording our district’s past.
- Kino Digital Rye
Rye now boasts a much praised and very popular two screen cinema complex, with cafe-bar and function rooms, on the site of the former library and adult education centre. There are multiple daily films and live screenings. This is thanks to Fletcher Centre Properties Ltd which saved the historical site from developers so it could serve the people of Rye and surrounds. (The original group, Fletcher Productions, was set up to bring cultural productions to Rye, especially those which celebrate the links with Jacobean playwright John Fletcher, born in Rye in 1579. Fletcher was a contemporary of Shakespeare, whose fame he rivalled in his day.)
- National Trust Rye and Winchelsea branch
An active programme of events, organised visits, monthly talks, walks and other activities for members’ enjoyment as well as to further the work of the National Trust.
- Romney Marsh Times
Essential news, jobs & entertainment for Romney Marsh, Dungeness, Folkestone, Hythe, Ashford, Dover & SE Kent. There are facts, history, photos and book reviews related to the Marsh.
- Rye and District Camera Club
This friendly club, established in 1956, encourages people from all walks of life to further their photographic interest in a friendly and informal manner. There are regular meetings and exhibitions, competitions, guest speakers, tutorials . . .
- Rye and District Royal British Legion
Formed in the 1920’s, this organisation has a full programme of meetings and support for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces. Especially useful for those interested in local and family history is the genealogical information on those in the Rye area who sacrificed their lives in service.
- Rye Art Gallery
Standing in the heart of the ancient town of Rye, two historic buildings, now joined (and recipient of a Sussex Heritage Architectural Award) house works of regional and national importance. There are regular talks and exhibitions, a recent example being a John Ryan (Captain Pugwash) retrospective.
- Rye Audio Tour
You can download an audio tour for the medieval town of Rye for just £2.99 to play on your iPhone, iPod, mobile telephone or other portable mp3 playing device.
- Rye Conservation Society
The Society exists to safeguard the historic town of Rye and to preserve its special and distinctive character. Besides organising events and excursions it reviews local planning applications,provides a forum for discussing issues impacting on the local environment, raises awareness of environmental issues, provides information and advice on the maintenance and repair of listed and non-listed buildings and gives annual Townscape Awards for outstanding examples of design and conservation.
- Rye Harbour Image Library
Managed by Rye Harbour Heritage, this site contains images and anecdotes about the area –some 300 pictures and 175 comments.
- Rye Heritage Centre The Rye Heritage and Information Centre provides an ideal introduction to the town bringing together the story of Rye set within the famous Rye Town Model sound and light show. Historic and Ghost Audio Walking Tours are available for hire and there are scheduled guided walks. The Heritage Centre is host to a working collection of Old Pier amusement machines, and has a variety of gifts, books and maps. The experienced and knowledgeable staff provide local information on places to visit and things to do in and around the town and also offer a local accommodation booking service.
- Rye Historical Societies in America and Australia
Ryers have founded towns and cities elsewhere in the world. Rye Museum has links with these three. Our chairman has visited both of the American ones and representatives of all three have visited Rye. Use these links to find out more about them:
Rye Historical Society New Hampshire
Rye Historical Society New York
Rye Historical Society Victoria Australia
- Rye News
The best way to keep up-to-date with News, Reviews and Events related to our historic town of Rye, East Sussex!
- Rye Pottery: the continuing collectability of Rye. Continuing a tradition of pottery making in Rye which goes back many centuries, Rye Pottery Ltd is a small 200 year old, family owned, award-winning business making individual hand-painted majolica decorated figures, animals and birds. See also the article about Rye Pottery on this, the Rye Museum website, under Trades and Industries.
- Rye, Sussex
Probably the longest running and busiest town website. Besides keeping locals abreast with what’s on and what’s new in Rye, it champions the town as a tourist destination–where to stay, eat and shop, and what to explore in and around this one time Cinque Port. Besides some excellent photos there is a downloadale town map for finding one’s way around Rye on foot.
- Seaford Museum
Seaford Museum, housed in Martello Tower no.74 on the seafront, records Seaford’s long history from prehistoric times through its days as a Cinque Port to the present day. There are the contents o old shops– toy, chemist, ironmonger and photographer’s as well as a Victorian schoolroom and kitchen and a wartime kitchen, collections of early domestic appliances and office machinery and a particularly large collection of radios and television sets. There is a working model of Seaford railway station in 1926, wartime memorabilia, ships’ figureheads, information on shipwrecks in the area and the changing coast including a video of the most recent sea defence work. The Museum also has a reference archive of pictures, articles etc. and a register of houses in the town.
- Shipwreck Museum Hastings
Wrecks of 17th and 18th century vessels which foundered along this coast come complete with stories of storm, mutiny, treasure and plunder. The dinosaur world of 138 million years ago comes alive with fossils and footprints. Visitors get a chance to handle objects and also to take a look at the future when sea lvels have risen. There are audio- visual shows in a specially designed theatre, talks, workshops, advice and more.
- Village Net
A big sitefor towns and villages in Sussex and Kent with information on attractions, history, walks, books etc. There is a great deal on Romney Marsh, Rye and surrounding areas, e.g. there are 33 articles with charts and illustrations on our local history.
- Virtual Rye
Another useful site for photos and postcards of Old Rye. There’s a Virtual Tour around the town which is considered ‘the prettiest in the southeast’, a map, a gallery and a place for visitors to contribute photos .
- Visit 1066 Country
We take our name from what many throughout the world consider England’s birthdate and our coverage of the renowned southeast coast includes Battle, Bexhill, Hasting, Pevensey and Rye. One of the most beautiful and hospitable parts of England, it is easily accessible from London yet seems a world away: uplifting scenery, tranquil villages, historic castles and manors, clean beaches. . . The site will keep you posted on what is on offer, whatever your budget — including the full range of plentiful accommodation.
- Visit Rye Bay
An excellent site providing information on all aspects of Rye and the surrounding area. Be sure to give yourself the treat of the video Beside the Sea! The best visual tour of Rye ever!
This is the British Waterways leisure website. It is packed with information about things to do and places to visit not only on and around the British Waterways network but on other rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs. You can get specific information on your own area (e.g. Sussex, Kent). Features include history and heritage articles.
- Wild Rye
This is the site for discovering the wetland wildlife of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve at any time of the year. There are regular rambles and wildlife events and the site keeps up to date with sightings of birds.
The ‘Antient Town of Winchelsea is Rye’s sister ‘antient town’ and member of the Cinque Ports Federation and the history section of the site is especially interesting. There is also access to events,maps and images as well as the Court Hall Museum whose exhibits include maps, models, pictures, seals, local pottery and items of daily life from the area. One of the most noteworthy features is the list of Mayors of Winchelsea shown on a series of oak boards. It is complete from 1430 and partially complete from 1295 when Mayors first replaced the King’s Bailiffs.