A Good Read for the Summer…..

East Grinstead Museum’s exhibition ‘Rebuilding Bodies & Souls’ tells the story of Sir Archibald McIndoe, world-famous plastic surgeon, and his pioneering work on the young airmen who were shot down & badly burned during WW2.  They knew that they were his ‘guinea pigs’, and so the infamous ‘Guinea Pig Club’

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Guinea Pig Club members, an actress, international visitors and a live BBC Radio Broadcast!

June has been an exciting month… On Saturday the 17th of June East Grinstead Museum welcomed VIP guests,Guinea Pig Club members Jack Perry and John Miles; accompanied by friends and family including actress Fiona Dolman.  Bob Marchant, Secretary of the Guinea Pig Club and Museum Trustee, led a guided tour of

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“….in what was formerly a dusty lumber-room of the Church Tower…”

A volunteer bought these lovely ‘East Grinstead and its Parish Church’ booklets to my attention. The oldest of these seen on the left, is dated 1934 and sold for Threepence;  beautifully illustrated and printed by Exors of H.W. Cullen of East Grinstead, and low and behold include articles about East Grinstead Museum. The Museum

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Royal Society of Medicine

We were delighted that following their meeting at the Queen Victoria Hospital on Saturday 8th April a group of the delegates from the Royal Society of Medicine, London visited the museum to see the new Rebuilding Bodies & Souls exhibition. Sir Barry Jackson, Past President of the Royal College Of

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A Guided Tour of Queen Victoria Hospital

Bob Marchant, honorary member of the Guinea Pig club and once an operating theatre technician at the Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) under Sir Archibald McIndoe, kindly gave a few of us museum staff a tour of the hospital. Built as a town hospital, the impact of WWII led to the

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New Temporary Exhibition About Rowfant Brickworks

Come along and see this exhibition. This temporary exhibition will tell the story of the Rowfant Brickworks and the family who ran it for many years. It will start on Wednesday 11th January when the museum re-opens after the Christmas break. We look forward to welcoming you back! FIND OUT MORE

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Free Talk – Collecting Musical Instruments in India

Bringing a varied range of exhibits to East Grinstead Sunday at 2 PM 18th December Free Afternoon talk presented by Margaret Birley, Keeper of Musical Instruments at the Horniman Museum and Gardens – Collecting Musical Instruments in India. Object in Focus: Narsiga Find out more about this intriguing Indian musical

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Rebuilding Bodies and Souls – The Story of The Guinea Pig Club

How to explain the Guinea Pig Club? Simple, they were World War 2 aircrew shot down in flames, but lucky enough to be recovered by their own side and then commenced the long and gruelling process of recovery. Complicated, because the medical procedures to return them to a natural life

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Focussing on Townscape artists: Annie Burrows

Our latest exhibition, Townscape, features works of art by local group, Example, and takes its inspiration from objects on display in the museum. Burrows was drawn to the Museum’s collection of surgical instruments acquired from Queen Victoria Hospital, some of which were used and modified during World War II by

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Focussing on Townscape artists: Hannah Buckley

Our latest exhibition, Townscape, features works of art by local group, Example, and takes its inspiration from objects on display in the museum. Hannah Buckley was drawn to a collection of drawings by Red Cross nurse Mollie Lentaigne. Lentaigne worked at the Queen Victoria Hospital as a medical artist for

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