Chinese Fair promotional print, 1920

Fairs such as the ‘Chinese Fair’ held at Brighton Dome in November 1920 were regularly held to help fund Royal Sussex County Hospital’s activity, including accommodation, treatment and capital work.

The ‘Chinese Fair’ would have been seen as one of the ‘big events’ of the year. Human engagement was seen as central to such events, fostering community spirit and an opportunity for personal interaction, as well as raising funds for the hospital.

It gave an opportunity to promote a common enthusiasm for a cause or theme. The ‘Chinese Fair’ was an opportunity to see personal costume collections and speak with those who had visited China; there were also Chinese guests at the fair, including Sao Ke, Alfred Sze and Madame Sze present. These events provided an opportunity for residents to speak with peers and friends as well as amateur collectors and specialists.

Fundraising print below would have been given to guests at the ‘Chinese Fair’ to promote donations to the hospital.

Print material courtesy of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.