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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The Research Room

East Grinstead Museum has a wonderful research room available for visitors and researchers alike.   With books, magazines, and news paper cuttings about the local area you are able to read and research your area of interest. As a result of our Rebuilding Bodies & Souls exhibition we have welcomed medical and history students recently

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Church visits Rebuilding Bodies & Souls Exhibition

American and European staff from St Hill visited the museum today for a tour given by Trustees Simon Kerr and Bob Marchant. They were astonished by the fascinating history of the Town as told by Simon and totally absorbed by the tales of Sir Archibald McIndoe and his pioneering plastic surgery

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Rebuilding Bodies & Souls

East Grinstead Museum, local story goes national

Monday the 28th saw the opening of the new flagship exhibition ‘Rebuilding Bodies & Souls’. at East Grinstead Museum The exhibition tells The story of the pioneering surgical work carried out by Sir Archibald McIndoe and the 649 aircrew treated by him and his team at the Queen Victoria Hospital.

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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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BBC Six o’clock News feature the Guinea Pigs Memorial Unveiling by Duke of Edinburgh

Watch the video of the unveiling of the Guinea Pig memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum by the Duke of Edinburgh as featured on the BBC 6 o’clock News.

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Guinea Pig Memorial unveiling on ITN News

Watch the video of the unveiling of the Guinea Pig memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum as featured on ITN News.

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Guinea Pigs featured on Meridian Regional News

Watch the video of the Guinea Pigs featured on ITV Meridian Regional News.

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Desmond O’Connell and the Guinea Pig Club

When Flying Officer Desmond O’Connell’s bomber plane was sent on a mission to sink the Bismarck in 1941 only to crash into a hill in flames, the 21-year-old was so badly burned his colleagues contacted his mother to make arrangements for his funeral. An observer in the back of the

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Prince Philip unveils memorial to wartime airmen

The Duke of Edinburgh encountered a troublesome Union Flag that refused to budge today as he unveiled a memorial in honour of an inspirational band of badly burned Second World War airmen. A handful of the surviving members of the once 649-strong Guinea Pig Club, now in their eighties and

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