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Ada Lovelace Evening

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day (an annual event aimed at raising the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths) we are holding a special Ada Lovelace Evening at the Government Art Collection on 16 October 2012, featuring a portrait of Ada Lovelace by Margaret Carpenter (1793-1872).

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Two brief staff talks: 'The History of Ada's Portrait' by curator Philippa Martin and 'Modern Museum Databases' by New Media Officer Tony Harris, will be followed by a tour of the Racking Area and Workshop.

Ada King (later Countess of Lovelace) was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron and Anne Isabella (Annabella) Milbanke, whom Byron married in 1815. Her parents separated after a year of marriage, following bitter quarrels and Ada was subsequently raised by her mother. Her education was focused on mathematics and the sciences to discourage her from following in her father's footsteps as a poet. Ada is mentioned in the opening lines of canto three of her father's hugely successful poem Childe Harold:

'Is thy face like thy mother's, my fair child!
Ada! Sole daughter of my house and my heart?
When last I saw thy young blue eyes they smiled,
And then we parted – not as now we part,
But with a hope.'

Ada became a mathematician and assisted Charles Babbage in his work on mechanical computers. Her writings on Babbage's designs for an analytical engine, the forerunner of the computer, have made her a valued figure in the history of computing. Babbage was impressed by both her intellect and character and today, the programming language ADA is named after her.

The Government Art Collection's Ada Lovelace Evening will start at 18.30 and will last for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Further information

Please Note: This event is now fully booked.

Numbers are limited to 25 places, so booking is essential. Please follow the link below to book, or alternatively telephone 020 7580 9120. Please note: for security reasons we require each attendee's full name, but only the email address of the person booking the tickets.

Ada Lovelace Evening booking website (externally hosted)

Government Art Collection
Queen's Yard
179a Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7PA

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