The Foundling Museum Drawing Club

Young people aged 10 – 18 from the Royal Drawing School will be sketching at the Foundling Museum throughout their Summer term. The Royal Drawing School is running both its Saturday Morning Drawing Club and Young Associates programme at the Foundling … Read More

Working with London Reclaimed

We commissioned social enterprise London Reclaimed to make new tables for the Foundling Museum Café. London Reclaimed is a bespoke furniture and employment charity, that trains young people to create furniture from reclaimed timber. They work with 16-25 year-olds from … Read More

New acquisition by the Gerald Coke Handel Collection

The Gerald Coke Handel Collection, housed in the Foundling Museum, has acquired a letter describing the first Handel Commemoration Concerts. Taking place at Westminster Abbey in 1784, this series of concerts commemorated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the composer’s death. The acquired … Read More

Interview with Artists-in-Residence Pavilion

Collaborative artist duo Pavilion (Sophie Yetton and Gabriel Birch) discuss their plans as Artists-in-Residence at the Foundling Museum. Artquest’s Nick Kaplony and Alison Duke, Collections Manager at the Foundling Museum, talk to Sophie Yetton and Gabriel Birch of Pavilion, about their … Read More

Looking back on The Fallen Woman

Now that The Fallen Woman has come to an end, we look back at this major exhibition on the myth and reality of the ‘fallen woman’ in Victorian Britain. In an age when sexual innocence was highly valued and sex … Read More

The story of the stereoscopes

We talk to Denis Pellerin, curator of Dr Brian May’s stereoscope collection, about the nineteenth-century stereocards on display in The Fallen Woman. We are now in the final days of the exhibition and hopefully you have all had a chance to … Read More

Focusing on Found Drowned

As The Fallen Woman enters into its final weeks, Director Caro Howell looks at one of the most striking pictures in the show: Found Drowned by G F Watts, painted in 1849-50 and on loan from the Watts Gallery. This work was … Read More

New Display: Handel’s Performers

George Frideric Handel worked with many singers, often composing or adapting music for a particular performer. This new display of portraits and documents in the Handel Gallery brings together celebrities of the day, along with some lesser-known singers who brought … Read More

Bloomsbury Festival this weekend

  Admission is free to the Foundling Museum on Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 October! As part of the Bloomsbury Festival, a celebration of the cultural diversity throughout the local area, we are opening our doors and running a series of free events … Read More

New installation to launch next month

We are delighted to be taking part in Papaver Rhoeas, an exciting new project from artist Paddy Hartley. Hartley has created a series of hand-crafted poppies using pathologically preserved lamb’s heart tissue, produced by a unique team of art and … Read More

Foundling Hospital documentary nominated for an Emmy

We’re excited to receive the news that the BBC documentary Messiah at the Foundling Hospital has been nominated for a 2015 International Emmy. Nominated in the arts programming category, this one-hour drama documentary recreated the first performance of Messiah at … Read More

Pavilion announced as new artists in residence

We’re delighted to announce that Pavilion, collaborative artist duo Sophie Yetton and Gabriel Birch, have been awarded this year’s artist research residency. The Foundling Museum Residency is an opportunity for a visual artist or group of artists to engage with our collections and … Read More

Fallen Voices, a sound installation by Steve Lewinson

Musician and composer Steve Lewinson was commissioned by the Foundling Museum to create a sound installation to accompany upcoming exhibition The Fallen Woman.  Featuring the voices of acclaimed actors Maxine Peake, Marianne Jean Baptiste, Ruth Jones, Renée Castle and Adrian Dunbar, alongside cellist … Read More

Director Caro Howell on the Foundling Hospital Petitions

With The Fallen Woman opening next week, we are excited to exhibit previously undisplayed documents from the Foundling Hospital’s nineteenth century archive. This exhibition has provided an opportunity for new research into the Hospital’s nineteenth-century records which, unlike their eighteenth-century counterparts, … Read More

26 Pairs of Eyes: In Performance

“Were you born under the sign of the fish, thimble or acorn, padlock, pin or coin?”   Spoken word artists Jacob Sam-La Rose and Toni Stuart, perform ‘Chorus’, a response to 26 Pairs of Eyes, in the Museum’s Court Room. This display … Read More

Art is Happening!

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Art Happens campaign and helped us raise over £25,000 towards the cost of realising our exhibition The Fallen Woman. So many of you are eager to … Read More

The Pinch of Poverty returns

After a short spell at the Geffrye Museum, our much-loved painting The Pinch of Poverty is now back at the Museum and on display above the main staircase. Painted by Thomas Kennington (1856-1916), the work was bequeathed to the Hospital in … Read More

Help us to make art happen

The Foundling Museum needs your help to give a voice to the mothers who gave up their babies to the Foundling Hospital We will be raising £23,000 in just six weeks to help realise The Fallen Woman, a major new … Read More

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 … Read More


Children aged 2 – 13 years from Puffin Ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital created an animation inspired by patients waiting to have major operations, and by the story of the foundlings waiting to leave the Foundling Hospital. This work … Read More