The Museum hosts two permanent exhibitions.

The East Grinstead display shows the History of our Town and its surrounding area whilst Rebuilding Bodies and Souls celebrates the story of Sir Archibald McIndoe, reconstructive surgery and the Guinea Pig Club.

In addition, regular temporary exhibitions are programmed to illuminate special areas of local interest. Recent examples have included the history of the Post in the town and East Grinstead’s Markets and Fairs.

Our old temporary exhibition space has now been adapted to hold our new permanent display which tells the story of Archibald McIndoe and the Guinea Pig Club. This does not mean, however, that we will not have temporary exhibitions in future. They will be in what was Curator’s Corner. Although smaller, it will, eventually, mean that we can mount them more frequently.

The first will revolve around a brick! It will tell the story of Rowfant Brickworks and the family who ran it for many years. In the pipeline is Vera Lynn, who often visited the Guinea Pigs and attended many of their reunions. Later in the year we will showcase Maria Dicken and the PDSA. During World War Two a pigeon from East Grinstead won the Dicken Medal, the animal VC.

This will link in with the Town Council’s charity theme for the flower beds near the War Memorial next year.

Watch this space!