The Union Workhouse in East Grinstead

Workhouses, in existence since the sixteenth century,  were designed to accommodate able bodied paupers, who were expected to work  at menial (and  usually pointless)  tasks,  in return for food and accommodation. However, it was increasingly the elderly and disabled who were admitted, along  with people who were injured or ill,

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THE EAST GRINSTEAD SUFFRAGISTS

          Muriel, Countess de la Warr                 Lady Indina Sackville In a May 1911 survey, eight out of ten women in East Grinstead said that they preferred not to have the vote!  This view of women’s suffrage echoed prevailing opinion

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Ye Dorset Arms at East Grinstead

What’s in a name? Previously The Newe Inn, The Ounce, and The Cat, The Dorset Arms has been an inn for over 500 years. There was a building on the site from much earlier times, demonstrated by the long portland behind, and what commendable foresight the medieval town planners showed

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Announcement – New Chair of Trustees

East Grinstead Museum, which tells the story of East Grinstead and the surrounding area, including the remarkable story of the Guinea Pig Club, announced today the appointment of Lester Porter as its new Chair of Trustees Retiring chair, Lloyd Richards welcomed Lester to the Board bringing to it his significant

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EAST GRINSTEAD HIGH STREET

 Image 1. East Grinstead was founded in medieval times.  The broad High Street was designed as a market place, lined on either side by long narrow strips called ‘portlands’, each about 200 metres, or one furlong  in length. (Ah, the rods, chains and furlongs of my youth, so diligently learned,

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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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A huge achievement for Bob Marchant

East Grinstead Museum are thrilled for Bob who has received The Mid Sussex District Council Community Service Award for outstanding service to the community as Secretary of The Guinea Pig Club & Trustee to the Museum. Presented by The High Sheriff of West Sussex, Lady Emma Barnard & Cllr Bruce Forbes

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Military Nurses Visit East Grinstead Museum

On Wednesday 19th of July, East Grinstead Museum welcomed 8 Military Nurses from both the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead and Birmingham for a tour of the Rebuilding Bodies and Souls exhibition. The Military Nurses held a fund raising event at the Queen Victoria Hospital and kindly donated half the funds

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A Good Read for the Summer…..

East Grinstead Museum’s exhibition ‘Rebuilding Bodies & Souls’ tells the story of Sir Archibald McIndoe, world-famous plastic surgeon, and his pioneering work on the young airmen who were shot down & badly burned during WW2.  They knew that they were his ‘guinea pigs’, and so the infamous ‘Guinea Pig Club’

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