Mead’s Mysterious Medicines

Children from Fox, Robin and Eagle wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital have created animations and medicines inspired by the eighteenth century medical recipes of the Foundling Hospital Governor, Dr Richard Mead.

Working with Foundling Museum curator and artist Emma Middleton, and animator Shelly Wain, the children compared the medicines of the past to the present, before inventing their own imaginary medicine that addressed their personal experiences of treatment. The animation and medicine bottles can be viewed in the Museum’s Introductory Gallery until November.

This project was carried out in partnership with GO Create! arts programme and is the second in a series of three animations and artworks in response to the legacy of Dr Richard Mead.