Collection The Guinea Pig Club
A collection of short films of The Guinea Pig Club annual reunions for wartime patients of the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.
|Collection ID||1658||Reference code||WS 170425|
|Title||The Guinea Pig Club|
|Dates||1960 - 2002|
|Production||The Guinea Pig Club|
|Materials||FILM 16mm Standard 8mm Video Super 8mm|
|Access status||Copyright and access restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The Guinea Pig club was a social club for wartime patients (RAF or allied service personnel ) based at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. Members of The Guinea Pig Club underwent pioneering reconstructive plastic surgery on injuries sustained during their service throughout the Second World War (1939-1945). The club at its height, had a total of 649 members with many of them featuring in the series of films.
In this collection, members and their families are seen attending a series of annual reunions held in hotels and public houses in East Grinstead from 1960 to the late 1980s. The collection also shows scenes of the town of East Grinstead, a visit to 'The Guinea Pig' building and views of the gardens and grounds of the hotels club where events are held.
In addition to the amateur material, the collection also includes a number of broadcast and commercial titles on the history of The Guinea Pig Club and its members.
Films in this collection:
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[Guinea Pig Club Reunions 1960 to 1962]
|Date||1960; 1961; 1962||ID||12205|
The Guinea Pig Club annual reunions held in 1960, 1961 and 1962 for wartime patients of the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, who had received reconstructive plastic surgery. At the garden parties, held at the Feldbridge Hotel, men and women stand chatting and drinking around a swimming pool. A bed is raffled off and two men jump in to the pool fully clothed.
[Guinea Pig Club Reunions 1969 to 1974]
|Date||1969 to 1974||ID||12206|
Guinea Pig Club reunions from 1969 to 1974 held by former wartime patients of the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, who had received reconstructive plastic surgery. The film shows the exterior of the Queen Victoria Hospital buildings and scenes of the town and the club members and families relaxing in the pool area of the Feldbridge Hotel.
[Guinea Pig Club Reunions 1976 to 1978]
Film of the reunions of the Guinea Pig Club who's members had received reconstructive plastic surgery at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. The reunions held on 1976, 1977 and 1978 show the group, with their families chatting and drinking outside at the Bahama Bar in the Feldbridge Hotel. In a subsequent year the club meet at the Copthorne Hotel.
[Guinea Pig Club Reunions 1982 to 1983]
|Date||September 1982; February 1983; April 1983||ID||12209|
An amateur film showing highlights of a Guinea Pig Club reunion of wartime patients of the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, who had received reconstructive plastic surgery, scenes of the East Grinstead high street, and a gathering outside a building marked "The Guinea Pig". A second reunion is seen in the garden of the Felbridge Hotel.
[Guinea Pig Club Reunions 1987]
An amateur film showing highlights of a Guinea Pig Club reunion of wartime patients of the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, at the Copthorne hotel and The Felbridge Hotel in East Grinstead.
The True Story of the Guinea Pig Club
An Aviation Classics video about the Guinea Pig Club and demands for plastic surgical treatment for badly burnt pilots and aircrew during the Second World War. Operations by Sir Archibald McIndoe are shown and the film tells the story of men and the battles they fought, both in the air and on the ground.
Guinea Pig Club; The Reconstruction of Burned Airmen in WWII
This commercially produced production for broadcast, commemorates the 60th Anniversary of those that underwent pioneering reconstructive surgery as part of the Guinea Pig Club, following injury during their service in the Armed Forces during the Second World War. Contains scenes of medical treatment and severe injury.
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