QVH: Leading the treatment of burns from World War II to today
Monday 19th March 2018
You’re invited to attend a special free event on Friday 20 April, celebrating the end of the Queen Victoria Hospital Archive Project, part of which involved the digitisation of the Guinea Pig Club patient case files. The Guinea Pig Club, the group of British and Allied aircrew injured during World War II, was founded in 1941 and their first president was Sir Archibald McIndoe who carried out pioneering plastic and reconstructive surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.
Since 2016 West Sussex Record Office in Chichester has been working in partnership with Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead Museum and the Guinea Pig Club on a project funded by the Wellcome Trust to catalogue, preserve and digitise the hospital archives dating from 1930s-1990s.
This fascinating collection includes McIndoe’s working papers and around 14,500 patient case files including those of the members of the Guinea Pig Club.
At our event you can hear from Joanna McConville, Project Archivist, who will introduce the Queen Victoria Hospital Archive and from Consultant Plastic Surgeon Baljit Dheansa about the innovation and specialist care that continues at Queen Victoria Hospital today.
Places are limited so please click on the link below to reserve yours and for more details about the event.