Title ID 12209Collection ID1658
Title[Guinea Pig Club Reunions 1982 to 1983]
DateSeptember 1982; February 1983; April 1983
CollectionThe Guinea Pig Club
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent Artist/Film-makerNon-fictionCelebration
ThemeWartime And Military Leisure
KeywordsArmed Forces Celebrations Leisure Time Activities Clothing Disabled Persons Second World War (1939-1945) Commemorative Events
LocalEast Grinstead
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionThe Guinea Pig Club
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


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.


The film begins with highlights of a Guinea Pig Club reunion at The Copthorne Hotel with a large group gathered in the pub garden.
Scenes also show the high street in East Grinstead with Ye Dorset Arms and Barnwood Hotel, a church and many shop fronts. The film closes with a gathering outside "The Guinea Pig" building, followed by highlights of another club reunion or gathering in the garden at the Felbridge Hotel.


A colour still image taken from TID12209, showing a group of men posing for a photo with a large silver trophy cup. The two men holding the cup are also shaking hands and as a group they are smiling at the camera.

Related resources

See the West Sussex Record Office Blog on The Guinea Pig Club, written by Joanna McConville - Project Archivist

A collection – comprising several thousand objects including equipment, surgical instruments and prostheses, photographs, paintings and other memorabilia from the time of Sir Archibald McIndoe can be found at East Grinstead Museum.