Past Talks

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



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



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



The Mysteries of Crop Circles

The Mysteries of Crop Circles

The  featured crop circle which appeared over a rainy night at Milk Hill, Wiltshire, in August 2001 is considered the most impressive to date.  The design, containing a record-breaking 409 circles ranging from 3 to 70 feet across, was so vast and complex it could be seen properly only from above ground.  (Our speaker reported … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks on 13th May 2016
Last updated: 14th May 2016