Mollie Lentaigne celebrates her 100th Birthday

Mollie Lock (nee Lentaigne) was a VAD Red Cross Nurse, who became a Medical Artist working with Sir Archibald McIndoe doing her time at the Queen Victoria Hospital during the war years. Mollie met McIndoe at a party where she was attempting to draw him. He was impressed by her

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McIndoe after the Second World War

Archibald McIndoe after the Second World War With the end of the Second World War in 1945,  Archibald McIndoe showed no interest in slowing down his heavy workload at the Queen Victoria Hospital. He was knighted in the honours list in June 1947 and that year’s annual dinner of the

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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 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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The Research Room

East Grinstead Museum has a wonderful research room available for visitors and researchers alike.   With books, magazines, and news paper cuttings about the local area you are able to read and research your area of interest. As a result of our Rebuilding Bodies & Souls exhibition we have welcomed medical and history students recently

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Church visits Rebuilding Bodies & Souls Exhibition

American and European staff from St Hill visited the museum today for a tour given by Trustees Simon Kerr and Bob Marchant. They were astonished by the fascinating history of the Town as told by Simon and totally absorbed by the tales of Sir Archibald McIndoe and his pioneering plastic surgery

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Rebuilding Bodies & Souls

East Grinstead Museum, local story goes national

Monday the 28th saw the opening of the new flagship exhibition ‘Rebuilding Bodies & Souls’. at East Grinstead Museum The exhibition tells The story of the pioneering surgical work carried out by Sir Archibald McIndoe and the 649 aircrew treated by him and his team at the Queen Victoria Hospital.

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