East Grinstead Museum is located in the heart of the historic High Street, on the site of the former agricultural and livestock market.
The Museum showcases the development of East Grinstead from its early foundation in the 1100s, as a new town founded by a descendant of a follower of William the Conqueror to the modern day. There are displays on the town’s local industries, which include pottery and iron working, and on the many shops and other activities which were based in the town.
In addition there is a permanent display about the work of the pioneering plastic surgeon, Archibald McIndoe and the Guinea Pig Club formed by the badly burned aircrew he successfully treated.
We offer a variety of events, from monthly talks on a variety of local subjects in the evenings, to walks and tours of the historic High Street.
There is a Research Room, filled with local historical information available for public use during opening times and a well-stocked shop selling cards, books and children’s items. Activities for children are held in school holidays, and the museum encourages group visits from local organisations. For further details, please visit our website.
The Museum provides an interesting venue for small meetings and other functions and is available for hire in the evening and during the day, when the museum is closed.
Our friendly and knowledgeable stewards are always ready to answer any of your questions. So why not come and visit us to enjoy our town’s past?