A Ball poster, 1826

Promotional poster for ‘A Ball’ held to raise £2,000 towards the construction of [Royal] Sussex [County] Hospital in December 1826.

Prior to the NHS, funds for hospitals were all privately raised, including through events such as advertised in the ‘A Ball’ poster – inviting the ‘well-to-do’ of Brighton and Sussex to contribute to the capital costs of the hospital while taking part in a social event.

Poster image courtesy of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.