Literary and Artistic Rye

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



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



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



Stories Set in and Around Rye

Stories Set in and Around Rye

The featured photo is from the cover of The Town That Went South. by Jean Floyd Arrangement is roughly in order of reader ages from nursery to adult. The dates are those of first publication. Some have gone through many editions/ revisions/ reprintings since. Rumer Godden, A KINDLE OF KITTENS. Pan MacMillan Children’s Books 1978. … read more …

First posted in Featured, Literary and Artistic Rye, Local History on 26th December 2013
Last updated: 27th March 2016



Sussex Literary Landscapes

Sussex Literary Landscapes

Sussex Literary Landscapes, a talk  by Dr Goeffrey Mead Tuesday 8th October (Thanks to Oliver Campion for the photo of Rye) Geographer Geoffrey Mead (who is also one of our Trustees) treated us to a celebration in words and pictures of the landscapes in our county from the 11th century to today — highlighting our … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Past Talks on 9th October 2013
Last updated: 4th March 2015



Rye’s Contemporary Artists

This is a partial list of artists working in Rye today.  You will find more information about them at the Rye Art Gallery .   For an annotated list of famous artists in Rye’s Past, click here. Louis Turpin, David Crew and Fred Cuming RA,  – Oils Richard Adams – Pastels Andrew Blyth – Watercolour Robert Greenhalf SWLA,  – … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye on 3rd April 2013
Last updated: 3rd April 2013



Artists in Rye’s Past

Artists in Rye’s Past

The feature photo shows the well-loved fictional character Captain Pugwash as he appears in a special exhibit in Rye Museum honouring  popular Rye artist John Ryan.  Yvonne Egan’s chapter ‘Artists in Rye’  in An Introduction to Rye Castle Museum (Rye Museum Association, 1999), was the starting point for much of what follows and is here gratefully … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye on 30th March 2013
Last updated: 3rd April 2013



Victorian Ghost Stories for Rye

Victorian Ghost Stories for Rye

Friday, 15th March Victorian Ghost Stories     Philippa Urquhart      The actress Philippa Urquhart provided a memorable evening for her fellow Ryers by performing ghost stories by Guy  Maupassant, Mary Braddon and E F Benson.    Philippa, as a Rye resident who  has worked in film, television and theatre for more than 50 years,  toured the world as … read more …

First posted in East Street Posts, Literary and Artistic Rye, Past Events, WACOR on 18th March 2013
Last updated: 29th March 2013



Viola Bayley

NB: Brief sketches of Rye writers appear in Literary Rye –> Writers in Rye.   Fuller accounts of more of them, this being an example, will be added from time to time. With thanks to Julia Makin via Peakirk Books  for much of the information. Viola Bayley (1911 – 1997), daughter of an artist, was born … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Notable People on 12th June 2012
Last updated: 27th November 2012



Benson’s Sense of Humour

This recipe was contributed by E F Benson, Mayor of Rye to the book A Cargo of Recipes: Procure a small piece of glass (any broken window will serve) about 1 inch square. Pound this in a mortar till its consistency is of the finest dust, and thoroughly mix it with 6 or 8 times … read more …

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Notable People on 8th November 2010
Last updated: 7th December 2012
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