Share your memories and make your own stories and be part of a new heritage project...

Join graphic novelist and storyteller Daniel Locke for a drawing, reminiscence and storytelling workshop this summer. Share your memories of the Royal Sussex County Hospital and learn how to recreate them as your own beautiful illustrations.

Maybe you were born at the hospital or had a baby there, visited a family member, worked - or still work - there or were a patient in the past? Daniel will introduce you to the techniques of making a graphic novel through hands on drawing and collage. Or, if you simply want to share your story, come along for tea and cake, and bring along your memories, including photos or other memorabilia if you like, and share with the group for a special new heritage project, The Crucible

The Crucible is a new initiative for collecting memories and stories about Royal Sussex County Hospital, to capture its heritage and share the role it has played in the lives of Brighton & Hove residents, including staff, patients and the wider community.

Workshop dates, times and venues:

Fri, 6 Sept 2019 / 6 - 8pm - Sussex House (Lecture Theatre), 1 Abbey Road, Brighton BN2 1ES. Book this date via Eventbrite. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and cake provided for all. 

Tue, 10 Sept 2019 / 7:30-9:30pm - this event is aimed at and for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies - Loading Brighton, Unit 11 Lower Promenade, Madeira Drive, Brighton BN2 1ET. Book this date via Eventbrite.

Workshops are free to attend. 

To take part in a workshop with Daniel, please use the Eventbrite links above or email us on: and let us know the date you want to come. Or call: 01273 235847.

Exhibition at Jubilee Library about the history of Royal Sussex County Hospital, 5 - 21 September 2019...

Image courtesy of Regency Society

The Crucible: A History of Royal Sussex County Hospital, is an exhibition of archival materials that review the history of the hospital from the 19th century to now.

The exhibition brings together photographs, drawings, letters, oral histories and new artworks from across the hospital’s almost 200-year history. It celebrates the impact the hospital has had on workers, patients and the community, and will be a unique opportunity to see these artefacts before they are archived at The Keep.

The exhibition is part of a commemorative programme of events supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust.

Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE
Dates: 5 - 21 September 2019
For library opening times and contact details, click here.

Symposium about the history of Royal Sussex County Hospital, ethics in healthcare, and the opportunities for participatory arts practice in health settings...

On 20 September, there will be a symposium which will explore the history of Royal Sussex County Hospital, including some of the research that has come out of a recent National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project. There will be three speakers at the event, held at Jubilee Library, including:

  • Dr Carina Westling, who is co-director of The Nimbus Group, will speak about the history of the hospital, from its inception, through to its current state, including how the hospital's work with the community has changed, and how healthcare has developed over the 200-year history of the hospital.
  • Daniel Locke is an artist and illustrator who has been commissioned to work with the public to create a new artwork for the new Royal Sussex County Hospital. Daniel will talk about working with health workers, patients and the community, and how they have contributed to and inspired new artwork.
  • Dr Bobbie Farsides, Chair of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at the University of Sussex, specialises in research on ante-natal screening and testing, reproductive technologies, palliative care and issues around death and dying, and will talk about how personal and organisational perspectives come together in healthcare ethics.

Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton BN1 1GE
Date and time: 1:30pm registration, finish at 4:30pm. Free refreshments provided.

There are limited spaces for this event, book your ticket on Eventbrite to avoid disappointment.

The symposium is part of a commemorative programme of events supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust.