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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Guinea Pig Club members, an actress, international visitors and a live BBC Radio Broadcast!

June has been an exciting month… On Saturday the 17th of June East Grinstead Museum welcomed VIP guests,Guinea Pig Club members Jack Perry and John Miles; accompanied by friends and family including actress Fiona Dolman.  Bob Marchant, Secretary of the Guinea Pig Club and Museum Trustee, led a guided tour of

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“….in what was formerly a dusty lumber-room of the Church Tower…”

A volunteer bought these lovely ‘East Grinstead and its Parish Church’ booklets to my attention. The oldest of these seen on the left, is dated 1934 and sold for Threepence;  beautifully illustrated and printed by Exors of H.W. Cullen of East Grinstead, and low and behold include articles about East Grinstead Museum. The Museum

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A Merry May Day!

Our very first Coffee, Cake and the Collection morning at the museum, this May bank holiday was a huge success; with 91 people through the doors its safe to say that it was a hit!  The cakes were delicious and the coffee freshly brewed, especially lovely as a treat to

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Royal Society of Medicine

We were delighted that following their meeting at the Queen Victoria Hospital on Saturday 8th April a group of the delegates from the Royal Society of Medicine, London visited the museum to see the new Rebuilding Bodies & Souls exhibition. Sir Barry Jackson, Past President of the Royal College Of

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A Guided Tour of Queen Victoria Hospital

Bob Marchant, honorary member of the Guinea Pig club and once an operating theatre technician at the Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) under Sir Archibald McIndoe, kindly gave a few of us museum staff a tour of the hospital. Built as a town hospital, the impact of WWII led to the

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