Talks Programme   2017 – 2018

Unless otherwise indicated, our talks begin at 7:30 pm at the East Street Museum.  The evening includes a raffle and refreshments.  Members £3 and Visitors £4.


See reports elsewhere of our first talks of the Museum year:  Josh Cole repeating, on 26th September, by popular request, his fascinating talk on Post-War Rye Pottery and Its Unsung Heroes, as part of the Rye Festival , and Malcolm Pratt, author and former Town Clerk of Winchelsea, on Winchelsea’s Poor: Lives revealed through letters.

Tuesday 9th November
The Ménage à Trois in Ellen Terry’s Garden
by Ann Rachlin

 Extraordinary! Eccentric! Extremely Talented!  Three accolades for this presentation by Ann which unveils the hidden lives of a Bohemian trio of feminists who defied Victorian prejudices — and cared for actress Ellen Terry (longtime resident of Smallhythe and then of Winchelsea)  in her final years.  The lavishly illustrated talk will feature private photographs taken from the women’s personal albums.   Don’t miss it!


Saturday, 6th January
The Museum’s Twelfth Night Party

Come to East Street to mark the end of the Christmas Season with fellow members.  Details to follow

Thursday 8th February
Resorting to the Coast –Sussex Seaside History
by Geoffrey Mead

We are delighted that Geoffrey, one of our Trustees, is returning to tell us about his latest research into the History and Geography of Sussex.

Thursday 8th March
From Pottery to Potting Shed
by Chris O’Donaghue

Garden designer, author and Chelsea Award Winner Chris tells the story of how his career has developed over the years

Thursday 12th April|
A History of Hastings in 66 Objects
by Cathy Walling

We are pleased that Cathy, the Curator of Hastings Museum and one of our Trustees, is coming to tell us about the History of a fellow Senior Cinque Port.

Monday 23rd April 2 pm
Visit to Rye Town Hall
by Jo Kirkham

Jo will tell tales of the Town Hall through the Ages in the beautiful Main Chamber, followed by light refreshments  in the East Street Museum. £5 per head.

Thursday 10th May
The Manor of Mote: the story of Iden Castle at Peasmarsh
by Christopher Whittick

Christopher, Senior Archivist at the Keep, the County Record Office, has studied all the existing documents about this almost forgotten castle on our doorstep and will share his knowledge with us.

Thursday 14th June
Napoleon and the Jews
by Chris Viner

Chris Viner’s Soldiers of Rye continues to produce models of legionnaires, warriors,  troops and individual soldiers for customers of all ages around the world but he also continues  his exhaustive research on Napoleon.  One of our most popular speakers, he returns to reveal a new aspect of his hero.