A model restoration

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The Rye Heritage Centre in Strand Quay reopened on Thursday, April 6 to display a completely restored Rye town model, first created by Joy and Ted Harland, in 1973. After a brief closure, the centre’s in-house team of two trustees plus Kate, a dedicated volunteer, and centre manager, Simon Parsons managed the incredibly complex task of taking apart and reassembling this unique scale model.

It has been cleaned and repaired with a new electronic computerised system, to produce a new sound and light show, in its final stages of development. On April 6 the computer system will still be a work-in-progress for about another week or so but the shop and the centre itself will again be open for business.

Rye Heritage Centre welcomes new visitors.

Opening hours on Thursday, April 6 are from 10:30am until 4pm and the same on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. Easter Sunday hours are 10:30am to 2:30pm. The centre will be closed on Tuesday, April 11. Normal opening hours, as from Wednesday, April 12 are Tuesday to Saturday 10:30am to 4pm and Sundays 10:30am to 2:30pm.

Image Credits: Simon Parsons , Nick Forman .

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