The Forgotten Story of Benjamin Rycroft

Whilst many people are familiar with the work of Archibald McIndoe within the field of plastic surgery, few people are aware of part that East Grinstead plays within the history of eye surgery, especially with the setting up of eye banks. Rycroft Arrives The most important person behind this story

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MY HOUSE, IN THE MIDDLE OF MY STREET ….

Museum volunteer and local resident Loral Bennett uses the Museum archives to look at the history of 85 West Street At one time, West Street was known as Chapel Lane, as it led to the town cemetery chapel, with its separate areas for the established church worshippers and dissenters. Until

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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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The ‘Radio Centre’

The area and the road, King Street, that you see on the photograph was first developed in 1934 by William Christopher of the ‘Letheby & Christopher’ catering firm. The Art Deco style building, at the centre of the photograph, housed a cinema which could accommodate 1200 persons! It was named

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Margaret Birley shares her experiences of collecting Indian musical instruments

On Sunday 18th December, the museum’s last open day for 2016, East Grinstead Museum was delighted to be joined by Keeper of Musical Instruments, Margaret Birley from the Horniman Museum. Over 30 people attended the talk titled ‘Collecting Musical Instruments in India for the Horniman Museum’, which accompanies our loan

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