From striking glass sculptures to simple stone cairns, there are more than 360 memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum, for both military and civilian associations, all with fascinating stories and symbolism waiting to be discovered. Between the 25 December and the 5 January you can discover more about just some of these memorials at our short free daily 12 Days of Christmas Memorial Talks.
The Guinea Pig Club, established in July 1941, was a social club and mutual support network for British and allied aircrew injured during the Second World War.
Its membership was made up of patients of Sir Archibold McIndoe at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Sussex, who had undergone pioneering reconstructive surgery, generally after receiving burns injuries in aircraft. By the end of the Second World War the club had 649 members.
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