Foundling Museum

In the C18 Thomas Coram came to the aid of mothers who were unable to support their children by opening the first foundling hospital in the country. The Foundling Museum has a display of some of the hospital’s eighteenth century records. It is moving to see the scrap of fabric pinned to a child’s record, perhaps a piece of its mother’s clothing, and letters enquiring about the health of the child. There is currently an exhibition of an oral history project entitled “Foundling Voices” with recordings of interviews of former students of the Foundling School.


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