Past Talks

The Manor of Mote in Iden

The Manor of Mote in Iden

 A talk at Rye Museum by Christopher Whittick on Thursday, 10th May The featured image shows a reconstruction by Gerald Wood of the manor house at Mote as it might have appeared in 1500: ESRO, R/C 125/3/1.  With thanks to Christopher Whittick for permission to use this and the other photos. (You can click on a … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 14th May 2018
Last updated: 5th June 2018



Sixty six since 1066

Sixty six since 1066

Time Travel in 66 Objects Thanks to Sarah Cooper for both the review and the photo. This month’s talk at Rye Museum was a stimulating visual tour:  A History of Hastings in 66 Objects by Cathy Walling. For some years, Cathy has been a Trustee of Rye Museum and something of a mentor, but her … read more …

First posted in East Street Posts, Featured, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 16th April 2018
Last updated: 16th April 2018



It all began with throwing pots

It all began with throwing pots

  On Thursday, 9th March, Chris O’Donoghue, pottery expert, award winning garden designer and more recently,  author of detective novels,  began by telling his audience at Rye Museum that he hadn’t  had the exam grades on leaving school to qualify for a degree course in art at Bournemouth Art College.  The rest of the story, … read more …

First posted in East Street Posts, Featured, Literary and Artistic Rye, Past Talks, Talks Summaries on 12th March 2018
Last updated: 14th May 2018
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What a Ménage à Trois !

What a Ménage à  Trois !

The Ménage à Trois in Ellen Terry’s Garden Presented by Ann Rachlin MCE Thanks to AboutBritain.com and to Gary Cooper for the photos. Many who attended Ann Rachlin’s riveting performance – The Ménage à Trois in Ellen Terry’s Garden – at our East Street Museum on Thursday 9th November —  were familiar with the local … read more …

First posted in East Street Posts, Featured, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages, Talks Summaries on 21st November 2017
Last updated: 21st November 2017



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



Hopping at Rye Museum

Hopping at Rye  Museum

Duncan Pennock’s illustrated talk on Hop Pickers, their Tokens and Rye Museum attracted a full house on Thursday evening, 8th June – including some who remembered hop picking with their parents, or who own a family collection of tokens.  Duncan is more than an authority on hop tokens; he is the owner of the biggest … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 12th June 2017
Last updated: 15th June 2017



The Playden Barracks: An Update

Changing the local history record: Peter Challons’ talk on the Playden Barracks Peter Challons gave a talk entitled Playden Barracks: The Mystery Unfolds! at the Museum Thursday night, March 9th. Peter, an engineer, began his search for the real location of the Playden Barracks on the internet, which led him to the East Sussex Record … read more …

First posted in Past Talks, Rye Town History on 13th May 2017
Last updated: 13th May 2017



Rye Pottery and its Unsung Heroes

Every seat was taken at the East Street Museum on Thursday evening, April  13 (and again on September 26th during the Rye Festival!), for Josh Cole’s illustrated talk on Post War Rye Pottery and its Unsung Heroes and it is likely that visitor numbers to the Rye Pottery  website and footfall to Rye Pottery itself … read more …

First posted in East Street Posts, Literary and Artistic Rye, Past Talks on 15th April 2017
Last updated: 1st October 2017



Rye Pottery and its Unsung Heroes

Rye Pottery and its Unsung Heroes

Every seat was taken at the East Street Museum on Thursday evening, April 13, for Josh Cole’s illustrated talk on Post War Rye Pottery and its Unsung Heroes and it is likely that visitor numbers to the Rye Pottery website and footfall to Rye Pottery itself in the Old Brewery on Wish Ward will both … read more …

First posted in East Street Posts, Featured, Past Talks, Rye Town History on 15th April 2017
Last updated: 24th April 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: 28th February 2017