Local History

The Journey to the South Downs National Park

The Journey to the South Downs National Park

  Jean Floyd An illustrated talk by Dr Geoffrey Mead  of the University of Sussex School of Global Studies is a geographer and expert local historian who now also trains South Downs National Park volunteer rangers, does walking tours and presents on BBC Radio 4. He is also a Rye Museum Trustee. The Journey to … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 13th May 2019
Last updated: 13th May 2019



Tales of Rye Foreign

Tales of Rye Foreign

Alan Dickinson on Rye Foreign History: Rye Museum East Street, Thursday April 11th Jean Floyd Ryer Alan Dickinson is not only a chartered building surveyor and a director of Rye Museum but also an historic buildings consultant and over the last 35 years has come to know our area intimately above and below ground.  His … read more …

First posted in Featured, Local History Research, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 19th April 2019
Last updated: 20th April 2019



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