WACOR Celebrates!

WACOR Celebrates!

Thanks to Curator Linden Thomas for all the photos

What remarkable achievements in the two years of the WACOR project!

We celebrated them on 3rd September at the Tilling Green Community Centre  where the roomful of displays showed the many activities which took place during the length of the project. (There was also a film and refreshments).  One of  Rye’s responsibilities on receiving Heritage Lottery Funding for the repair and development of the Women’s Tower was to provide an education and outreach programme featuring the roles of women and children in the story of Rye — thus WACOR (the Women and Children in Rye project) which has been managed for the Museum by  the Rye Partnership.

So many children's activity days - So much to learn aboutCan a unique prison tower be savedThose of us fortunate enough to attend the celebration were able to view the impressive outcomes of the many workshops, activity and craft days, reminiscence afternoons and special events organised during the WACOR period.   To the question ‘Can a unique prison be saved?’ Rye has given a resounding YES! and in the process so many have learned so much about Rye and its long past — especially about the roles of women and children in its Seafaring and Fishing activities, its Smuggling days, life in Victorian days and how Rye women and children were  affected by World War II.

Lucky were those who came to Discovery Days and Children’s Activity Days.

 

Families learned sunprinting for making bunting

Families learned sun printing for making bunting

Lucky were those who came to the Discovery Days

So much to learn, make and do

Lanterns were fun to make

Lanterns were fun to make

 

So many children's activity days. So much to learn about

So many children’s activity days. So much to learn about

 

 

 

The Victorian Christmas Card competition was popular

The Victorian Christmas Card competition was popular

Do you recognise where these were taken long ago?

Do you recognise where these were taken long ago?

One project outcome is a priceless collection of old photos

One project outcome is a priceless collection of old photos

 

From the craft workshops came a remarkable number of useful memory joggers

Just a few examples

Just a few examples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tilling Green Stitchers made a quilt to job WWII memories

Tilling Green Stitchers made a quilt to jog WWII memories

The quilt was called My Dad's Old Shirt

The quilt was called My Dad’s Old Shirt

 

After learning about local fishermen's jumpers and Romney Marsh wools . . .

After learning about local fishermen’s jumpers and Romney Marsh wools . . .

 

. . . a jumper was made!

. . . a jumper was made!

Included are ropes, a fishing boat, an anchor, claws, an RX . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is Rye Partnership Learning Officer Michelle Playford cutting the cake. Do you recognise the logo?

As Jeremy Huddle (a Museum director and chair of the WACOR committee), RMA chairman Jo Kirkham and Rye Partnership Chairman Keith Glazier all mentioned, perhaps best of all has been the opportunity  the project has offered to introduce many more in the wider community, particularly Tilling Green, to Rye’s history and our Rye Castle Museum.

It has also provided a good example of Rye organisations (Rye Museum and Rye Partnership in this case) working together.

Many thanks to all who have helped and supported!

 

 

First posted in Featured, WACOR on 8th September 2014
Last updated: 4th August 2015