East Grinstead Museum

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Interesting and varied displays trace the history of the town and surrounding area. Artefacts and memorabilia are interspersed with interactive touch screens and film. East Grinstead's association with WW2 Guinea Pig club and Sir Archibald McIndoe's pioneering work in plastic surgery is commemorated. The Museum's photographic collection, one of the largest in Sussex, is available to view on computer. There are temporary exhibitions and regular children's activities, see website for full details. Also facilities for research and a dedicated children's corner. Fully accessible including parking. Visits by schools and other groups welcome.

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Opening hours

Wednesdays to Saturdays - 10am to 4pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays - 2pm to 5pm

Closed on Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

Admission free

Collection details

Archives, Social History

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Emily Mayhew "The Once and Future Guinea Pig Club; From unexpected survivors to the trustees of each other"

  • 26 April 2018 7-8pm

The Guinea Pig Club is the most effective veterans-led organisation ever created. From its earliest days in the Second World War a group of unexpected survivors of severe injury banded together to prove they could find strength and healing in numbers. Seventy six years later, their example and their success have inspired a new Club of unexpected survivors from Britain’s 21st century wars who are looking to secure their own future wellbeing, based on the model of East Grinstead’s most extraordinary group of residents. This talk with Dr Emily Mayhew is free but places are limited so please book in advance with Eventbrite (see link below).





Peter Harrison "The Surgeon's Cat and the Apothecary's Rose; the Medical Officer's Diary"

  • 19 July 2018 7-8pm

In this talk, copiously illustrated and with some bizarre artefacts, Peter Harrison describes spending sixteen days clearing his parents’ home in Cumbria during 2010. Both the late surgeon and his wife had great powers of accumulation! Three years later a box containing a forgotten archive of more than six hundred monochrome negatives of Occupied Germany in 1947 was discovered. This Spring, exactly seventy years after the photographs were originally taken these have been combined with the young doctor’s diary and published as “The Medical Officer’s Diary RAF Lüneburg 1947”. This talk is free but space is limited. Please book with Eventbrite see link below.





East Grinstead Museum
Old Market Yard
Cantelupe Road
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 3BJ






01342 302233

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