Local History

Women at Smallhythe in the Struggle for the Vote

Women at Smallhythe in the Struggle for the Vote

Our latest speaker, actress Susannah Mayor, best known to many as an incomparable Lucia in performances from E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia stories, is the Curator at Smallhythe, the National Trust property devoted to displays and events related to the life and career of Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928) and also to her daughter Edith (Edy) Craig (1869- 1947) … read more …

First posted in Featured, Literary and Artistic Rye, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 16th October 2018
Last updated: 19th October 2018



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



Which is the Spy?

Which is the Spy?

Museum Gala Double Act: A Very Special  Evening (With thanks to Ray Prewer for the photos) Rye Museum members and guests were treated to another delightful double-purpose, double venue Gala Evening on Friday 6th October.  This time the aim in presenting an evening of entertainment was to raise funds for adding a new display at the Ypres Tower on … read more …

First posted in Featured, Literary and Artistic Rye, Past Events on 10th October 2017
Last updated: 23rd November 2017



Visiting Sussex History

Visiting Sussex History

In the footsteps of medieval monks A group of a dozen museum members enjoyed a fascinating trip on Tuesday, 11th July, to Lewes Priory,  led by Graham Mayhew,   author of   The Monks of Saint Pancras – Lewes Priory, England’s Premier Cluniac Monastery and its Dependencies 1076-1537. The ruins of the 11th century Priory … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast, Local History Research, Past Events on 17th July 2017
Last updated: 22nd July 2017
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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



What do you know about the Bayeux Tapestry?

What do you know about the Bayeux Tapestry?

One of the Museum’s most admired speakers is Imogen Corrigan, a freelance lecturer in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval History and Art. As the many who attended her illustrated talk on The Bayeux Tapestry on May 11th can attest, it was a perfect blend of information and entertainment: fast-paced enlightenment on panel details, well peppered with laughter-inducing … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast on 13th May 2017
Last updated: 15th May 2017