Past Talks

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



April 14th: Ellen Terry in Silent Movies

April 14th: Ellen Terry in Silent Movies

Thursday April 14th 7:30 p.m. East Street Ellen Terry: Star of the Silver Screen by Ann Rachlin Most Ryers know that Ellen Terry (1847-1928), Britain’s leading Shakespearean actress of the Victorian period, lived in Winchelsea and then in a 16th century house in Smallhythe,  a National Trust property since 1939 with fascinating exhibits and a … read more …

First posted in Past Talks on 29th March 2015
Last updated: 16th April 2015



Talk 9th Dec:: The Arts in WWI

Talk 9th Dec:: The Arts in WWI

Art, Poetry and Music in the First World War by Andrew Bamji Tuesday, 9th December  7:30 p.m.     East Street Museum When Andrew last came to talk to us on  how World War I injuries led to the the Origin and Development of Facial Surgery.  it was to a packed audience and followed by requests to … read more …

First posted in Past Talks on 30th November 2014
Last updated: 11th December 2014