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Introducing our Virtual Tour

Introducing our  Virtual Tour

Now everyone can enjoy all the Tower attractions! Our newest attraction at the Tower is  an interactive 360º tour of Rye’s castle available on the ground floor. The tour moves around each area, providing descriptions of the varied and interesting artifacts on display. One can read the story of Rye Castle, visit the newly restored Women’s … read more …

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



Caught at the Tower!

Caught at the Tower!

The Perils of Shoplifting Sussex Police recently sent a film crew to the Ypres Tower to make a film showing the perils of shoplifting.   They were caught too — by Museum photographers!  

First posted in Ypres Tower Posts on 24th March 2014
Last updated: 18th June 2014



Visit smuggler Mary Read’s prison cell

Visit smuggler Mary Read’s prison cell

A major attraction at the Ypres Tower At long last, the Women’s Tower is not only repaired, it’s now open to visitors!  Come to see the cell for women prisoners and  the audiovisual playing on the wall. You’ll see and hear the matron laying down the rules of what must be done when throughout the … read more …

First posted in Ypres Tower Posts on 15th March 2014
Last updated: 2nd April 2014
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Test your strength at the Tower

Test your strength at the Tower

One of the new exhibits at the Ypres Tower is a longbow — and visitors are invited to test whether they are as strong as a medieval archer.  Our Education chairman, Sheila Maddock appears to be —  despite the Museum’s longbow’s rating of 105 lbs ( 48 kg), the strength of the ‘pull’ used in … read more …

First posted in Ypres Tower Posts on 14th February 2014
Last updated: 18th June 2014



October 12: Viewing and Free Coffee

October 12: Viewing and Free Coffee

A Brand New Look for Rye Castle Museum! Our Museum cordially invites you to Coffee Morning at 3 East Street on Saturday, 12th October 10:30 – 12 noon to view the exciting new plans for housing the entire Museum on the Ypres Tower site.  More details of the plans were provided in the October 4th … read more …

First posted in Events Diary, News, Ypres Tower Posts on 9th October 2013
Last updated: 9th October 2013
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Have you ever tried Sun Printing?

Have you ever tried Sun Printing?

It’s fun! Artist photographer Tim Mitchell taught children and their parents how to do it. They used plants in the Medieval Garden at the Ypres Tower and created bunting which will be on display when we open the Women’s Tower. Here are some photos taken during the workshops:

First posted in Children at the Museum, Medieval Garden, Past Events, WACOR, Ypres Tower Posts on 11th September 2013
Last updated: 2nd October 2013
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Crime and punishment story at the Ypres Tower

Crime and punishment story at the Ypres Tower

THE BREADS GIBBET: A TALE OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT The cage-like object is a gibbet. In the 1700s a gibbet like this was used to display the body of the murderer John Breads for more than 50 years on Gibbet Marsh.    Our exhibit occupies the very cell where he was kept before he was hanged.  … read more …

First posted in Featured, From Our Collection, Ypres Tower Posts on 12th August 2013
Last updated: 2nd November 2013
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The Ypres Tower by day and by night

The Ypres Tower by day and by night

Thank you to  Priscilla Ryan Rye artist Priscilla Ryan, stalwart supporter of the Museum for many years, has recently donated two paintings of the Ypres Tower. The images are called Sunlit and Moonlit, and we hope to make them available on postcards ere long.  Many thanks to Priscilla for yet another gesture of support for … read more …

First posted in News, Ypres Tower Posts on 23rd May 2013
Last updated: 4th June 2013



Coming soon: Opening of the Women’s Tower !

Coming soon: Opening of the Women’s Tower !

We hope that the Women’s Tower will be ready to open to visitors by the end of the summer. It  has been repaired and now the interior  is being furnished and equipped for displays on the ground floor and storage of much of our archive material on the upper floor. A team headed by Cathi Baker and Sharron Busbridge of … read more …

First posted in News, WACOR, Ypres Tower Posts on 30th March 2013
Last updated: 2nd April 2013



From our collection: Rye Volunteers’ Uniforms

From our collection: Rye Volunteers’ Uniforms

Rye and Cinque Ports Volunteers Among the prize exhibits in the Ypres Tower are uniforms worn by Rye Volunteers in the period of the American and French Revolutions, 1794 – 1807.  During these years many volunteer corps were raised and put on Army pay, providing a valuable source of trained officers and men for the Volunteer … read more …

First posted in Invasion Coast, Ypres Tower Posts on 24th March 2013
Last updated: 5th May 2013