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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.

Rebuilding Bodies & Souls

The exhibition was opened by Mrs Susan Pyper Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, in the presence of members of the Guinea Pig Club and their families. Mrs Pyper, a former RAF officer recounted many shared experiences with the Guinea Pigs and in response on behalf of the Guinea Pigs, Doctor Sandy Saunders that this year had been a fitting 75th anniversary tribute to the Club following the unveiling of the McIndoe statue in East Grinstead by the Princess Royal, and the unveiling of the memorial stone at the National Arboretum by His Highness Prince Phillip last month. The new permanent home for the Guinea Pig Story was the final instalment of this memorable year.

The event was covered by news crews from the BBC, ITV and British Forces TV.

McIndoe himself expressed his wish

‘That the true story of Ward III would one day be told”

It now has.

Rebuilding Bodies & Souls