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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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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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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Rebuilding Bodies and Souls – The Story of The Guinea Pig Club

How to explain the Guinea Pig Club? Simple, they were World War 2 aircrew shot down in flames, but lucky enough to be recovered by their own side and then commenced the long and gruelling process of recovery. Complicated, because the medical procedures to return them to a natural life

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Rebuilding Bodies and Souls: Learning and Community Engagement Officer Job Opportunity

As part of East Grinstead Museum’s ‘Rebuilding Bodies and Souls Project‘ an exciting opportunity has arisen for a ‘Learning and Community Engagement Officer’ (PT). The role is to: Use the Queen Victoria Hospital and Guinea Pig Club collections to develop an interesting, exciting and engaging Learning & Events Programme to

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