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 Rowfant Brickworks and 200 Years of John Mason Neale.

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, at the back of the museum.

Currently we are hosting a touring exhibition on "The Queen Victoria Hospital Archive Project" from the West Sussex Record Office. This pop-up exhibition is celebrating the completion of this project which focused upon cataloguing over 14,000 individual patient records, including those of the Guinea Pig Club. It runs until 26th September.

Coming up for the last part of the year is a celebration of the 100 years of the end of the First World War. For this, the museum invited local artists to interpret items relating to warfare from our collections.

Watch this space!



  • Eleven Eleven

    Following a successful call out to local artists, we are happy to announce our latest exhibition: Eleven Eleven. This exhibition will commemorate the end of…

  • An Image of Helen Beale

    Helen Beale: Never at Sea

    With the days getting shorter, why not pop into East Grinstead Museum and discover the story of Helen Beale? Helen Beale, who lived at Standen,…

  • Queen Victoria Hospital Archive Project

    Why not come and see the results of the recently completed "Queen Victoria Hospital Archive Project"? This Wellcome Trust funded project saw staff at the West…

  • Dame Vera Lynn OBE

    Happy Birthday Vera Lynn!

    Dame Vera Lynn, the 'Forces' Sweetheart', turns 100 on 20th March. To mark this special occasion, East Grinstead Museum is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the enduring appeal of this much-loved entertainer. As…

  • Horniman Narsiga

    Horniman Museum and Gardens Object in Focus; Narsiga

    East Grinstead Museum is delighted to display the Horniman's Narsiga to launch its new 'Spotlight On...' series. The displays will showcase loans from national and…

  • Rowfant Brickworks Exhibition

    This temporary exhibition will tell the story of the Rowfant Brickworks and the family who ran it for many years. It will start on Wednesday…