‘Animal Magic’ Family Fun Day! Tuesday 19th February

Drop in – 4 years and above – £3 per child Animal-themed crafts and games for all the family. Make an animal mask, take home an elephant, solve a word game, colour, stick, make and play ! Come and join us for a day full of different animals !

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Request for tombola and raffle prizes

After the success of or tombola stall at the Christmas Fair, our stock of prizes is sadly depleted! Do you have any unwanted Christmas presents which you can donate  to us? If so, please leave at the Museum for the attention of Jennie Hollins.

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Book Review: “Sussex Industrial Heritage”

Here is a brilliant review of a book entitled “Sussex Industrial Heritage” in the current issue of “Sussex Life” magazine. We have got this book in stock in our shop. Next time when you pay us a visit please ask about this title! Sussex Life, January 2019 copy

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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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