A grand fantasy fair

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A grand fantasy fair

During the Victorian era there was an increasing awareness of the need to help those who were ‘less fortunate’, and fundraising events became popular attractions. This poster advertises a public fayre held at Victoria Hall, Exeter in July 1882. Among the highlights is a fancy dress ball, complete with electric light. The fayre was a fundraising event for the Western Counties Idiots Asylum in Starcross, a form of institutionalised care for people with learning disabilities.