The museum will be closed during the festive period. Giving us all the chance to have a well earned break after the refurbishment. CLOSED 19th December 2016 until Wednesday 11th January 2017.
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
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.
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
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
The Duke of Edinburgh has unveiled a memorial to veterans who underwent pioneering surgery after suffering disfiguring injuries in World War Two. Dr Sandy Saunders, a 93-year-old veteran who organised the memorial to the Guinea Pig Club, said it was a “fantastic” tribute. Dr Saunders, badly burned in a plane
In his latest article looking at places and buildings remembered by the Guinea Pig Club Bob Marchant, Museum Trustee and Secretary of the Club, looks at Dutton Homestall. Dutton Homestall, which later became known as Stoke Brunswick School, in Ashurst Wood is another place remembered by some of the Guinea
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