Group Captain Ross Tilley

During World War Two,  Archibald McIndoe, a pioneering Plastic Surgeon,  treated burnt airmen at  the Queen Victoria Hospital (Q.V.H) East Grinstead.  Working alongside him was an equally talented Canadian plastic surgeon, Group Captain Albert Ross Tilley.  Ross Tilley also helped to rebuild lives and made such an impact that the

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Documenting Life in Lockdown

We’ve been working with HealthWatch West Sussex as part of our Lockdown Life Project. HealthWatch West Sussex helped us by creating two questionnaires, one for businesses, and the other for people to complete. Once they were up and running, we both promoted them around the East Grinstead Area. After the

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Nursing at Queen Victoria Hosptial

This Spring, we have been joined by Masters Student Isabel Pace, who has been researching stories about the Guinea Pig Club as part of her remote placement at the museum. She has researched the role of nurses, based on the work of Liz Byrski who interviewed nurses who worked with

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Reflections on a Difficult Year

Reflections on a Difficult Year This short piece has been written by Bob Marchant, Museum Trustee and Guinea Pig Club Secertary about his experiences over the last 12 months: During this last year of lockdowns, especially the last few months after being placed on the Shielded Patients List, I have

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Help Shape our Future!

East Grinstead Museum are looking for a dynamic and creative Trustee to join our board as we embark on a series of exciting projects after the COVID 19 Lockdown. The trustees have ultimate responsibility for the Museum and are collectively responsible for its governance. The role of trustees is to

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Flight Officer Arthur (Red) Woolf

Sadly one of the last surviving members of the Guinea Pig Club recently passed away. Flight Officer Arthur (Red) Woolf, passed way on  7th April 2021 after a short illness. He was 99 years old. Flg/Off Woolf suffered severe injuries when his Lancaster Bomber was shot down over Northern France

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Your feedback on East Grinstead Museum

East Grinstead Museum has exciting plans to improve and refurbish the Museum. These include refreshing existing museum displays and introducing new ones. We are also looking at running a range of events and activities for local people. To help us shape the museum, please complete the questionnaire and give us

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Prince Philip and the Guinea Pig Club

Secretary of the Guinea Pig Club, and Museum Trustee, Bob Marchant has helped write an article about the role Prince Philip played for the Guinea Pig Club. Article has been published in The Telegraph on 15 April 2021. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/philip-one-boys-meet-survivors-duke-edinburghs-guinea-pig-club/amp/ As we all know HRH Prince Philip had a strong connection

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PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON MEETING HRH PRINCE PHILIP (by Bob Marchant)

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON MEETING HRH PRINCE PHILIP Together with the rest of the country, and the world, it was with great sadness to hear the news of the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As Secretary of the Guinea Pig Club, and having his Royal Highness as our President,

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Tribute to HRH PRINCE PHILIP  DUKE OF EDINBURGH 1921 -2021

HRH PRINCE PHILIP  DUKE OF EDINBURGH 1921 -2021 As Secretary of the Guinea Pig Club, it is with great sadness on hearing the news of the passing of our late President HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Since taken over as President in 1961, following the death of Sir Archibald

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