Nurses decorating Christmas tree, 1920s

Christmas at the hospital, 1920s

Nurses decorating a large Christmas tree, having to use a tall folding ladder to reach. Many photographs that have been preserved show preparations for holidays and celebrations, with nursing staff taking pride in creating a beautiful environment for their patients. The photo was taken in the 1920s, which can be seen in hairstyles and the manner in which the cap is tied.

The enormous Christmas tree is a change from the much smaller one, a couple of decades earlier, and reflect changing fashions.

Image courtesy of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.