Local History Research

Winchelsea’s Poor: Their Lives through Letters

Winchelsea’s Poor: Their Lives through Letters

Talk by Malcolm Pratt – ‘Winchelsea’s Poor: Lives revealed through Letters’ Malcolm Pratt, former Town Clerk of Winchelsea,  gave an extremely interesting talk at Rye Museum on Thursday 12th October. Malcolm has made a study of the many letters, 370 in all, found in 1960 by the then new Rector of Winchelsea. This collection of … read more …

First posted in Featured, Local History Research, Past Talks, Talks Summaries on 14th October 2017
Last updated: 23rd November 2017



Visiting Sussex History

Visiting Sussex History

In the footsteps of medieval monks A group of a dozen museum members enjoyed a fascinating trip on Tuesday, 11th July, to Lewes Priory,  led by Graham Mayhew,   author of   The Monks of Saint Pancras – Lewes Priory, England’s Premier Cluniac Monastery and its Dependencies 1076-1537. The ruins of the 11th century Priory … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast, Local History Research, Past Events on 17th July 2017
Last updated: 22nd July 2017
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Found any antiquities lately?

Found any antiquities lately?

Our Latest Talk: The Portable Antiquities Scheme, : Finds in Kent and East Sussex by Jennifer Jackson. Tuesday 11th November Pictured is one of the Kent finds featured in a presentation by Jennifer during the 2014 Festival of Archaeology.  It is a small, early Medieval gold pendant  in the shape of a three-dimensional animal head, … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast, Local History Research, News, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 12th November 2014
Last updated: 8th January 2015



Local/Family/House Research

Local/Family/House Research

The Museum is receiving more and more requests from around the world from individuals seeking information about their Rye ancestors, or a house, business or event associated with them.  We have been exploring ways for the Museum,  run entirely by volunteers, to cope more efficiently with these requests and have arrived at two decisions. To … read more …

First posted in Local History Research on 31st October 2012
Last updated: 5th February 2013
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Local History Group

 Researching Rye’s History In the 1980′s, several members of the Rye Museum Association saw the need for a group interested in researching Rye’s history, and eventually, in 1984, an independent group was set up. Alan Dickinson was the first Chairman of sixteen Founder Members of the Rye Local History Group, which aimed to research and … read more …

First posted in Local History Research on 26th October 2010
Last updated: 1st December 2012



St Anthony of Padua and the Sedley Family

St Anthony of Padua and the Sedley Family

Thanks to John Kilroy and Edwin Gibson for much of the information. This is one aspect of the history of the Catholic Church, St Anthony of Padua, on Watchbell Street. The house in which the Marquis and his daughter lived, one of the most interesting, best restored and admired in Rye, is still called St Anthony … read more …

First posted in Local History Research, Rye Buildings and Defences on 14th August 2010
Last updated: 3rd December 2012
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