In 1975, the East Grinstead Society, which had hopes for a local history museum, was offered rooms in East Court by the Town Council for use as a museum. After several months of preparation, the East Grinstead Town Museum opened on 13th July 1976. Object donations flowed steadily, the cellection being significantly increased by items from Charles Goolden, a local self-employed agricultural engineer.
In the 1990s, the Museum Trustees decided to apply for official Registration status, which was the Museums & Galleries Commission’s national scheme for museums. (The Museum is now fully Accredited under the national Arts Council England scheme, read more about the Museum and Accreditation here). However, owing to the out of town location, difficult access and limited opening hours, it was decided that more suitable premises would be needed. So, in 1997 work began to find a site and secure funding.