The Soroptimists International Ballinasloe are preparing to host the third annual Ada English Summer School, which takes place on 3 and 4 May in Gullane’s Hotel Ballinasloe.
The two-day event will explore the life and times of one of the town’s forgotten historical giants: revolutionary, politician and feminist pioneer Dr Ada English.
This year, the organisers are mounting a further display of artefacts, photographs, uniforms and memorabilia of St Bridgid’s Hospital in the hotel for the weekend. They are calling on past employees or families whose members were on the staff of the hospital to loan artefacts from all periods to the summer school.
The objects will be digitally recorded, folioed and mounted in the temporary exhibition before being returned to the owners the week after the Summer School. The objects will be insured during their time with the school. All families will be acknowledged for their assistance in helping to create the first exhibit.
Memorabilia for use will be selected by a heritage panel and can be left in to the Town Hall Theatre Dispensary Office during the hours of business up to 20 April. School Co-ordinator Sharon Jeths will screen on site any rare or valuable photographs at the Town Hall Offices.
The Summer School will open on Friday 3 May at 7.30pm with a panel discussion. The school will then launch an Artefacts Exhibition and there will be an informal gathering of all past and current staff of St Brigid’s. It is hoped that many families in the locality who have strong connections with the hospital will attend this annual event.
The full programme for the school will be available at www.adaenglishsummerschool.wordpress.com. For more information, contact Sharon at 090-9643779 or email Sharon@aoifeonline.com.