The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, the UK's first children's charity and first public art gallery. The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery.
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Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, we celebrate the ways in which artists and children have inspired each other for over 275 years. Discover the intriguing story behind this important London institution and the children who grew up there, alongside original period interiors, poignant artefacts and inspiring art. Pick up a unique, artist-designed souvenir in our Shop, or relax in our Café, offering a delicious selection of teas, coffees, cakes and light lunches. To keep up to date with our latest exhibitions, events and more join our mailing list: https://goo.gl/AMBqsa

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If you have an interest in music in eighteenth-century Britain, why not join in with our annual conference this Friday. ...
24/11/2020

If you have an interest in music in eighteenth-century Britain, why not join in with our annual conference this Friday. Sign up for the live, free Zoom talk at 15:00 and enjoy a variety of other talks available via YouTube on the day. http://ow.ly/HK7C50CtcsU

A colourful start to Friday with this #covidletters contribtuion from Anika, 12, from Kent, who has some comments about ...
20/11/2020

A colourful start to Friday with this #covidletters contribtuion from Anika, 12, from Kent, who has some comments about our PM's hair styling! http://ow.ly/Dakq50CpjNv

At first, this padlock may not seem that special, but it's in fact a token. Engraved with a tile design and concentric c...
19/11/2020

At first, this padlock may not seem that special, but it's in fact a token. Engraved with a tile design and concentric circles, this is on display in our Introductory Gallery when the Museum's open. #TokenThursday

We're looking for someone to join our team as a Community Engagement Coordinator, and develop and deliver our community ...
17/11/2020

We're looking for someone to join our team as a Community Engagement Coordinator, and develop and deliver our community engagement strategy. To see the full details and to learn how to apply, please visit: http://ow.ly/vsJE50CmWgx

On Sunday 29 November, join Musicke in the Ayre online at 15:00 for a selection of live video extracts concerts performe...
17/11/2020

On Sunday 29 November, join Musicke in the Ayre online at 15:00 for a selection of live video extracts concerts performed at the Foundling between 2013-2017. http://ow.ly/roVB50CmDRX

Join us online to explore our past exhibition 26 Pairs of Eyes with a new film, made with the support of Arts Council En...
16/11/2020

Join us online to explore our past exhibition 26 Pairs of Eyes with a new film, made with the support of Arts Council England.

For this 2015 exhibition, twenty six writers were invited to animate items from the Museum’s Collection through a series of short texts. http://ow.ly/5Mbo50CjXBy

“Ultimately these letters have captured a moment in history that will no doubt see their way into future books on the hi...
15/11/2020

“Ultimately these letters have captured a moment in history that will no doubt see their way into future books on the history of the Covid crisis” - Camden New journal

Don't miss out on seeing #covidletters when lockdown ends. Thanks to Alfie, age 10 for this work.

http://ow.ly/lykA50ChCmm

This year's Christmas card, has been designed by Sir Quentin Blake CBE,  one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators. Blake...
13/11/2020

This year's Christmas card, has been designed by Sir Quentin Blake CBE, one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators.

Blake’s card references the Museum’s remarkable 300-year old story and collection through the Foundling Lamb, which featured in the coat of arms designed for the Foundling Hospital by William Hogarth, and is always depicted carrying of a sprig of thyme in its mouth.

Proceeds from card sales will support the Museum’s vital work, transforming the lives of disadvantaged children through the arts. There is a limited supply left, so don't miss out. Currently available from Art UK http://ow.ly/OKwK50Cgw1V

This enamel ale label is one of our more unique #tokens in the collection. With no further information about its origins...
12/11/2020

This enamel ale label is one of our more unique #tokens in the collection. With no further information about its origins, the background remains a mystery #TokenThursday

On Armistice Day, we're remembering pupils of the Foundling Hospital who were later in the armed forces. These archive p...
11/11/2020

On Armistice Day, we're remembering pupils of the Foundling Hospital who were later in the armed forces. These archive photos show two former pupils.

David Blyth is the man pictured solo. David fought in the far east during WWII and spent time in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

In the group picture, Richard Woolcott is the boy in the chairs looking back at the camera. During service, he got ill and was sent on a train elsewhere to recover - the train went through Hiroshima after the bomb.

David and Richard both survived and lived into their 90s. David joined the RAF after the war and travelled the world, and got involved in running multiple marathons. Richard later moved to Canada.

#OnThisDay in 1697 William Hogarth was born. Hogarth was instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision of the Foundli...
10/11/2020

#OnThisDay in 1697 William Hogarth was born. Hogarth was instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision of the Foundling Hospital, encouraging leading artists of the day to donate work, thereby establishing the UK’s first public art gallery.

"Amazing exhibition, one of the best I've ever seen". We're looking forward to welcoming you all back to see #covidlette...
09/11/2020

"Amazing exhibition, one of the best I've ever seen". We're looking forward to welcoming you all back to see #covidletters once restrictions end. In the meantime, keep checking our social media channels to learn more about this "real masterpiece". Art by Aiden, age 7.

On Remembrance Sunday we'd like to honour pupils of the Foundling Hospital who sadly lost their lives in World War I and...
08/11/2020

On Remembrance Sunday we'd like to honour pupils of the Foundling Hospital who sadly lost their lives in World War I and World War II. This inscribed Roll of Honour and Commemorative Salver were kindly donated to us by members of the Old Coram Association.

Ayla, aged 12, has some rather scathing thoughts on the use of funds during the pandemic. This astute artist from East S...
06/11/2020

Ayla, aged 12, has some rather scathing thoughts on the use of funds during the pandemic. This astute artist from East Sussex isn't holding anything back! #covidletters http://ow.ly/MFju50Ca99g

Though #bonfirenight displays may not be going ahead this year, enjoy this eighteenth-century engraving from our Gerald ...
05/11/2020

Though #bonfirenight displays may not be going ahead this year, enjoy this eighteenth-century engraving from our Gerald Coke Handel Collection. The central firework is inscribed with Vivat Rex, though this copy is perhaps printed in reverse as the Vivat Rex is backwards.

A few of our tokens are religious medals, like this brass Catholic one. Pictured here is Our Lady of Guadalupe on the re...
05/11/2020

A few of our tokens are religious medals, like this brass Catholic one. Pictured here is Our Lady of Guadalupe on the reverse. The loop at the top shows it was intended to be worn as a pendant. #TokenThursday

Enjoy a new Young Artists' Platform profile and hear harpist Elin Samuel discuss her musical career to date in a short f...
04/11/2020

Enjoy a new Young Artists' Platform profile and hear harpist Elin Samuel discuss her musical career to date in a short film made especially for the Museum. http://ow.ly/zLeD50C6WlM

In light of the new Government lockdown, we will now be closed until 2 December, or until restrictions are lifted. If yo...
03/11/2020

In light of the new Government lockdown, we will now be closed until 2 December, or until restrictions are lifted.

If you have a ticket for admission in November, we will refund these in due course, you don't need to do anything.

In the meantime, we will keep you updated with all the latest information via our social media channels, along with facts, images and stories from the Foundling Museum's collections and history, including our current exhibition, #covidletters.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

See original artwork created by children articulating their feelings about the Government’s handling of the coronavirus ...
01/11/2020

See original artwork created by children articulating their feelings about the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, the NHS, and lockdown in #covidletters, on until 17 January 2021. Don't be a carrot and miss it, book your tickets now. http://ow.ly/cvEX50C6iid

This letter is by Cecily, age 10.

Happy #Halloween! If you're looking to entertain the family today, have a look at our spooky craft activities for childr...
31/10/2020

Happy #Halloween! If you're looking to entertain the family today, have a look at our spooky craft activities for children to try at home. http://ow.ly/AN8y50C3QSs

29/10/2020

Make a Halloween t-shirt with a statement, in this exciting activity inspired by Sports Banger’s fashion and bootleg t-shirts.

Watch this film by Rowena Kinghorn and using scissors, markers, and iron on transfers, adapt a t-shirt to suit your individual Halloween style by following Rowena Longhorn's lead! Will you choose to make a t - shirt with a scary monster, a wriggling newt, a wild grinning pumpkin, a screaming black cat or a cackling flying witch, on your front?

As it's nearly #halloween here's a rather monstrous #token. This seven-headed beast is a depiction from the Book of Reve...
29/10/2020

As it's nearly #halloween here's a rather monstrous #token. This seven-headed beast is a depiction from the Book of Revelation, ridden by Babylon the Great. The token is a brass reckoning counter from Hans Krauwinckel, a well known Jeton master. #TokenThursday

28/10/2020

Fancy a conker party? Why not go for a walk, then set the party scene with some brightly coloured leaves, choose your favorite tunes, then ask along some Autumn friends to join the rave?

Inspired by the autumnal colour's and Sports Banger's interest in London's rave culture, join in an Autumn rave. This film by artist Emma Crouch leads you through how to create your own personal autumn rave, featuring conkers, stones, hips and acorns, against a backdrop of bright coloured autumn leaves.

27/10/2020

Inspired by Halloween and Sports Banger t-shirt hacks, make your own scary face masks without and sewing!

Follow this step by step film by Rowena Kinghorn to discover how to make a Halloween mask with a face. Choose from a grinning pumpkin, a wailing ghost or a scary skeleton facemask, to wear at Halloween to give your friends a fright!

Enjoy our online series London Theatre Stories, where you can explore the lives of musicians working in London theatre o...
26/10/2020

Enjoy our online series London Theatre Stories, where you can explore the lives of musicians working in London theatre orchestras in the eighteenth century. http://ow.ly/p58450C0XfK

On our #covidletters opening day, we'd like to say a huge thank you to all of our exhibition supporters - National Lotte...
24/10/2020

On our #covidletters opening day, we'd like to say a huge thank you to all of our exhibition supporters - National Lottery Heritage Fund, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England, Art Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Pilgrim Trust, John Lyon's Charity, Peter Brown, David Pike, Clore Duffield Foundation, J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust, and other anonymous donors.

24/10/2020

Until 17 January, you now can visit #covidletters, our new exhibition of work gathered by @BangerJonny from the nation’s children during lockdown. This exhibition brings to life the Museum’s 300-year-old story of creative campaigning and social justice. http://ow.ly/U8PI50C0Q0m

23/10/2020

Tomorrow #covidletters opens. See how children have depicted their feelings about the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and the NHS. Book now: http://ow.ly/jaRc50C0Q0k #NationalLotteryHeritageFund #culturalrecoveryfund

One day until #covidletters opens! Book your tickets now to this this exhibition, from 24 October 2020 - 17 January 2021...
23/10/2020

One day until #covidletters opens! Book your tickets now to this this exhibition, from 24 October 2020 - 17 January 2021. http://ow.ly/UYAW50BXlS2 #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

22/10/2020

Not long now until #covidletters opens! From Saturday you can enjoy our new exhibition from Jonny Banger and his work he gathered from the nation’s children during lockdown. Book now http://ow.ly/soYG50BZSZv #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

This is shilling, from the reign of Edward VI (1547-1553) has been split into two. The two deep scratches that run acros...
22/10/2020

This is shilling, from the reign of Edward VI (1547-1553) has been split into two. The two deep scratches that run across the obverse are possibly a way of matching this half coin with its other half. #TokenThursday

The Foundling Museum's cover photo
21/10/2020

The Foundling Museum's cover photo

On 28 October learn how we uncover stories of people of colour that were in the care of the Foundling Hospital. This fre...
21/10/2020

On 28 October learn how we uncover stories of people of colour that were in the care of the Foundling Hospital. This free online talk will explore ongoing research, by Hannah Dennett, into identifying these foundlings through the story of Thomas Trowbridge, who was admitted in 1798.

Hannah Dennett is a PhD researcher based at the University of Warwick and working in collaboration with the Foundling Museum.

After the talk there will be a live Q&A. http://ow.ly/czlg50BXAyt

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The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, we celebrate the ways in which artists and children have inspired each other for over 275 years. Discover the intriguing story behind this important London institution and the children who grew up there, alongside original period interiors, poignant artefacts and inspiring art. Make the most of your visit by hiring a guide, picking up a unique artist-designed souvenir in our Shop, or attending one of our many events from free lunchtime concerts to curator-led tours.

To keep up to date with our latest exhibitions, events and more join our mailing list: https://goo.gl/AMBqsa


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