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FREE TALK: “Why East Grinstead? – the story of the WWII Maxillofacial Units and how they came about”

The Queen Victoria Hospital was only one of nine specialist maxillofacial units set up at the start of WWII. But why were such hospitals thought to be necessary? And how were the various sites selected? This talk will begin with the history of the treatment of severe facial injuries in WWI, show how this led to the birth of two new surgical specialties, and discuss how specialist services were planned for the next conflict. However, the rapidly changing methods of warfare soon revealed a very different need.

Join retired maxillo-facial surgeon, Andrew Brown for this fascinating talk which is part of the Museums at Night festival which is a nationwide event which invites museums and galleries to open their doors out of hours! More information at

Visitors will also have the chance to look around our exhibition; Rebuilding Bodies & Souls.

This talk is free thanks to funding received from the Heritage Lottery Fund but places are limited to please book in advance at to avoid disappointment.

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