The History of Almshouses and Sackville College

We’re delighted to announce that on 24 January 2020, Caroline Metcalf will give a talk at the Museum the history of almshouses, in particular the history of our neighbour, Sackville College.  Caroline will discuss the history of almshouses in England, how and why some were founded, and their traditions. She

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New temporary exhibition: Villages at War

To commemorate the ending of hostilities in WWI on November 11th 1918, the Mid Sussex District Council gave East Grinstead Museum a grant to curate a touring exhibition showing the impact the war had on the town and some of the nearby villages. Each community researched life before, during and after

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Childhood in East Grinstead

    This exhibition is designed to be a whistle stop tour of childhood in East Grinstead. Imagine the world before radio and television, not to mention the Internet, I-pads, computer games, Facebook and all other things we rely upon to keep us amused and entertained today. What on earth

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East Grinstead Museum completes transfer to CIO

East Grinstead Museum has completed its change from a Charitable Trust to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, or CIO. CIOs are a relatively new legal structure available for charities or charitable groups that wish to be incorporated.  The structure, in effect, allows charities to enter into contracts as corporate entities with limited

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Suffragettes and Suffragists. Museum talk by Joan Roberts on Thursday 9th May

On the 9th of May at 7.30pm we welcome Joan Roberts to the Museum.  In her talk, Joan covers the position of women in society in the 19th century, as well as the struggle for the vote by both men and women; the founding of the Suffragists, who predated the

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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 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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