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Our new Heritage Room is now open
Sr Rita Dawson, Provincial representative of the Religious Sisters of Charity, officially opened our new Five Sisters Heritage Room on 21st May.
The Heritage Room, located in the Hub of the Hospice, tells the story of the five Sisters of Charity who arrived in Hackney from Dublin in 1900, leaving behind their families and friends so that they could help the poor and dying of East London. They were pioneering, brave women who, working with Father Peter Gallwey, and with a generous donation from Grace Goldsmid, opened St Joseph’s Hospice in 1905.
The Five Sisters Heritage Room contains some wonderful artefacts, including records of the first patients who were cared for at the Hospice and some fabulous footage going back many decades, including some of our staff who are still working at St Joseph's today!
Tony McLean, Chief Executive, St Joseph’s Hospice said, “I hope that the Five Sisters Heritage Room will be enjoyed by anyone visiting, working or volunteering at the Hospice and will share the story of these five remarkable women.
“I would like to thank Sr Rita Dawson who has funded all the interior work, and TNA Building Services who did all the external construction work free of charge.”