Surrounding Towns and Villages

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: 18th May 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



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



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



Know your local history

Know your local history

Murray of Beauport An illustrated talk by Brion Purdey at the East Street Museum 10th November 2016 The feature image.  What has the (public domain) image of The Death of General Wolfe by Anglo-American artist Benjamin West (1770) to do with our topic? At the time of the death in 1759 of British General James Wolfe at … read more …

First posted in Featured, Past Talks, Surrounding Towns and Villages, Talks Summaries on 12th November 2016
Last updated: 13th November 2016



Smallhythe: Centre of Medieval Shipbuilding

Smallhythe: Centre of Medieval Shipbuilding

The featured photo, by Fred Walker, shows a medieval ship of a type produced at Smallhythe.  It appears on a stained glass window in the parish church of Smallhythe — and also on the cover of the newly published book From Ships to Sheep: the story of Smallhythe by Tony Buttler, Maurice Dalton, Susannah Mayor … read more …

First posted in Featured, Rye Trades and Industries, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 15th April 2016
Last updated: 28th April 2016



Old rural days brought to life

Old rural days brought to life

On Thursday February 11 Melvin Smith was at the East Street Museum to give a talk entitled “Old Rural Days” illustrated with photos taken from old postcards and many, many personal snapshots from his family album. He spoke about sheep-keeping, hop-picking, bicycling and other local traditions, some of which have gone forever. The images covered … read more …

First posted in East Street Posts, Featured, Local History, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 19th February 2016
Last updated: 19th February 2016



Talk 11/02/16 Old Rural Days

Talk 11/02/16 Old Rural Days

Melvin Smith is coming to remind us of some country skills and old rural ways in the Rye neighbourhood which many have forgotten (or never knew about).  Join us for an interesting evening.   There will be refreshments and a raffle too. Members£2.00  Guests £3.00  

First posted in Events Diary, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 28th January 2016
Last updated: 28th January 2016



Digging Up History

Digging Up History

Digging up new facts on history:  Conference on The Plague of 1665 7th November: East Street Museum This is the featured photo from the RyeNews article  on a fascinating day at the East Street Museum written by Seana Lanigan.  Click here for the full account — then you’ll probably want to go on to the … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 15th November 2015
Last updated: 15th November 2015



Between Rye and Kent

Between Rye and Kent

Dr Geoffrey Mead of the University of Sussex gave a lively talk Thursday night, November 12th, on the landscape East of Rye. Though many people think of Rye as directly bordering Kent, there’s a unique sliver of Sussex before the county line that is interesting both for its geography and its history. Originally part of … read more …

First posted in Featured, Invasion Coast, Maritime Rye, Surrounding Towns and Villages on 13th November 2015
Last updated: 13th November 2015