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Anne Jellicoe & Buswells Hotel

Anne Jellicoe & Buswells Hotel

Leonor Bethencourt
Buswells Hotel

Last year I set out to find out more about the legacy of Irish educationalist Anne Jellicoe (1823-1880), as part of Buswells Hotel’s built heritage. Prior to becoming a hotel, the building that is now Buswells, was The Queen’s Institute for the Training and Employment of Educated Women. A plaque in the lobby commemorates this institute, which was founded by Mrs. Anne Jellicoe in 1861.

Jellicoe empowered middle-class Irish women to take advantage of the educational reforms of the 1870s, and to press for further improvements in the status of women generally. Part of her legacy is the Alexandra College, a pioneering secondary school founded in 1866, which prepared girls for competitive examinations and entrance to university. Today Alexandra College is a boarding and day school in Milltown, Dublin.

My short documentary contextualises Jellicoe, of whom very little is known, at a time of great change in women's role in society.

Anne Jellicoe & Buswells Hotel

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