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The Rye Castle Museum Story

The Rye Castle Museum Story

Jo Kirkham With thanks to Clive Sawyer for the feature photo. The 90th Birthday Anniversary of Rye Castle Museum was happily celebrated last month with a party.  Here are some landmarks along the way to its status today as a top attraction of Rye and an outstanding place for visitors to this region. 1889 The … read more …

First posted in Featured, Rye Museum Story, Ypres Tower Posts on 22nd August 2018
Last updated: 22nd August 2018



Party Time for Museum Members

Party Time for Museum Members

Museum Summer Party – Friday August 4th Heather Stevenson, Museum Director Thanks to Ray Prewer for the photos Rye Castle Museum held a Summer Party for members on Friday August 4th. The weather was set fair so tables and a few chairs were taken to the Ypres Tower top garden and a cheese and wine party … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Events, Ypres Tower Posts on 8th August 2017
Last updated: 8th August 2017



5 star ratings for the Ypres Tower

5 star ratings for the Ypres Tower

  Visitors are promoting our Castle and the town   Both our museums are accumulating 5 star ratings on Trip Advisor.  Here are a few examples from recent ‘Excellent’  postings for the Ypres Tower, our open-every-day site.  (Next time: a report on the East Street museum.) The first needs translating for you unless you are familiar with … read more …

First posted in Featured, Said About Rye, Ypres Tower Posts on 30th October 2016
Last updated: 2nd November 2016



Thumbs up from Tower visitors!

Thumbs up from Tower visitors!

YPRES TOWER VISITORS’ BOOK Note: There are also Visitors’ Books in the Women’s Tower and at East Street. We’ll report on them another time.  Thanks to Janet Stott for the photos.  Click on them for a larger view. What a Visitors’ Book can tell us Not everyone who visits our museums signs a Visitors’ Book, … read more …

First posted in Featured, Said about the Museum, Ypres Tower Posts on 1st January 2016
Last updated: 1st January 2016



Healing Herbs of War Throughout the Ages

Healing Herbs of War Throughout the Ages

Seen in our Medieval Garden and Ypres Castle Still Room by Lin Saines, Author of The Garden beyond the Tower: The Ypres Tower Still Room and Medieval Garden guidebook.  Thanks to Marttyn and Lin Saines for all the photos. For centuries, healing herbs including many to be seen in the Medieval Garden just outside Ypres … read more …

First posted in Featured, Medieval Garden, Ypres Tower Posts on 8th November 2015
Last updated: 8th November 2015



Views from the Ypres Tower

Views from the Ypres Tower

Thanks to Clive Sawyer for permission to use his photos. On the balcony of the Ypres Tower are direction maps to help you understand what you are looking at: Romney Marsh?  the River Rother?  Rock Channel?  former shipbuilding sites?  the nearest wind farm? Rye Harbour? Camber? Dungeness?  France?  Here are some of the views.  Come … read more …

First posted in Featured, Rye Town History, Ypres Tower Posts on 8th March 2015
Last updated: 11th March 2015
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Where do our visitors come from?

Among our recent visitors . . . Besides being a popular spot for school visits, and people through the British Isles,  Rye’s Castle gets visitors from around the world as well as a steady stream from France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. Most recently there have been groups from Taiwan, South Korea and Hungary — and … read more …

First posted in News, Ypres Tower Posts on 8th January 2015
Last updated: 8th January 2015



Medieval Conference artist

Medieval Conference artist

The beautiful water colour being received by our Chairman Jo Kirkham to advertise the 5th Rye Medieval Conference was created especially for Rye Museum by Jordan Seabrook, a student of Rye Studio School.  (Photo courtesy Elizabeth Howard Hill, another student at the Studio School). Jordan has certainly captured the medieval theme: Note the Gothic shaped … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, News, Ypres Tower Posts on 18th June 2014
Last updated: 19th October 2014



High Sheriff visits Rye Museum

High Sheriff visits Rye Museum

Mr. Graham Peters DL, High Sheriff of East Sussex and his wife, toured the Rye Castle Museum recently with Chairman Jo Kirkham. She was pleased to show him all the improvements made and especially the newly refurbished Women’s Tower. If you’re wondering what a High Sheriff does, here is a summary of Wikipedia information: The … read more …

First posted in News, Notable People, Ypres Tower Posts on 8th May 2014
Last updated: 8th May 2014



Once a Prison, Now a Success Story

Once a Prison, Now a  Success Story

Official Launch of the Women’s Tower The Women and Children in Rye (WACOR) project is nearly complete and as of its celebratory launch event on Monday, 31st March, the Women’s Tower is now officially open to the public!  It is the culmination of a joint effort by Rye Museum and the Rye Partnership over a … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Events, WACOR, Ypres Tower Posts on 2nd April 2014
Last updated: 2nd April 2014