Where do our visitors come from?

Among our recent visitors . . .

Russian visitors May 2014Besides being a popular spot for school visits, and people through the British Isles,  Rye’s Castle gets visitors from around the world as well as a steady stream from France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. Most recently there have been groups from Taiwan, South Korea and Hungary — and the two Russians pictured here with our Chairman Jo Kirkham.

Eduard Schaffer is a Russian helicopter pilot who flew many sorties over the burning Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor from 26th April- to 2nd May 1986, dropping various compounds into the fire caused by the explosion, in order to put the fires out. He was accompanied by his interpreter, Nicolai, who first came to England about 10 years ago on one of the month long visits to the UK for children from the Chernobyl area– similar to the ones we have hosted annually in Rye for many years. Eduard spoke (with Nicolai interpreting) at the recent St George’s Day Youth Service at St Mary’s.

During their time in Rye the two particularly enjoyed seeing our new exhibit at the Women’s Prison Tower, offering interesting comparisons with prisons in Russia.

Now that Mapp and Lucia has been filmed here, and featured in a place to go in the Radio Times, we are expecting 2015 to be a record year for visitors!


Accolades for Rye Castle and our East Street Museum

Trip Advisor Besides the recent Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor,  two stories about our revitalised Rye Castle have recently appeared in local media: in Rye’s new online newspaper RyeNews: Women Behind Bars  and in the Rye and Battle Observer:  a piece headed ‘Exciting New Attractions now open at Rye Castle’. 

  •  Inside a lovely card from Blue SpSchool visitruce Class, Beckley School after their visit to the Castle is the message: “Thank you for showing us around your museum and talking to us about smuggling.”
  • And there are tributes in the new Visitors’ Book at East Street too, e.g.
    –  So interesting to see how things were down back in time.  A must for all!
    –  A wonderful museum.  So nice to find out about the people behind the objects!

For more tributes see the infographic on the slideshow above.



 High Praise from High Sheriff

High Sheriff & wife

Among our recent Sussex visitors were the East Sussex High Sheriff C.J.M. Gebbie Esq. OBE  and his wife who came  to see our newly refurbished Ypres Tower and the newly opened Women’s Tower.  They were so impressed with all they saw at the Tower they are coming back to see more!

What is a High Sheriff?   A High Sheriff is an independent, honorary, non-political Royal appointment for a single year. In Saxon times the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for maintaining law and order within his shire or county and for collecting taxes due to the Crown. Today High Sheriffs support and encourage crime prevention agencies, emergency services, the voluntary sector and local charities.

CJM Gebbie High SheriffWe are fortunate that our High Sheriff knows a great deal about ancient monuments and the organisations which support them and was able to fully appreciate what has been done in Rye to preserve our Ypres Tower and restore the Women’s Towe

First posted in News, Ypres Tower Posts on 8th January 2015
Last updated: 8th January 2015