Opening hours 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. FREE Admission

Online Talk – From Cottage Hospital to Pandemic Cancer Centre

The Story of East Grinstead’s famous Queen Victoria Hospital

The Guinea Pig Club, founded in 1941 by patients of the famed plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe celebrates it’s 80th anniversary  in 2021.

As part of this, we are hosting a series of events focused on the impact of the club.

This talk is a series of short features on the history of the Queen Victoria Hospital. It covers the formation of the Hospital in the 1860s through to the Second World War and the Guinea Pigs. The final talk is about it’s transformation in 2020 to a Pandemic Cancer centre.

About the Speakers

The evening will feature several speakers connected to the Hospital, hosted by actress Fiona Dolman (who plays Sarah Barnaby in Midsomer Murders).

The speakers include Chris Barham, a retired anesthetist speaking about the early history of the Hospital, Bob Marchant, Secretary of the Guinea Pig Club talking about his early life at the hospital and working with Sir Archibald McIndoe, as well as the Guinea Pigs in the Second World War.

Lastly, the story of the hospital’s role as a Cancer Treatment hub during the recent Pandemic, and the challenges faced by the staff to  quickly adapt to this, is told by several current staff members from around the hospital.

 About the Event

The event will be online, via Zoom.

Tickets are £6, plus the Eventbrite handling fee.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite:

(The Cover image is of the fourth Cottage Hospital in 1936)

  • February 24, 2022
  • 7:30 pm