We are thrilled to announce that our Director, Caro Howell, has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced yesterday evening by The Cabinet Office. 

Caro has received the MBE for services to museums.

Caro has been Director of the Foundling Museum since 2011. Under her leadership the Museum has grown from strength to strength, with a clear mission to inspire change through the power of the arts. Recognising this mission, in 2019 HRH The Duchess of Cambridge became Patron of the Museum.

Chair of the Foundling Museum, Larissa Joy OBE, said “Caro receiving an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022 is brilliant news. A wonderful recognition of Caro’s inspiring leadership of the Foundling Museum and the important role she plays in the wider museum sector.”

Speaking about her award, Caro said: “I feel very honoured to be recognised in this way and very lucky to have worked with so many exceptional people and wonderful museums and galleries over the years.”

About Caro Howell, MBE

Caro spent her early career at Tate Modern as part of their set-up team, formulating their access and audience development strategy. She then moved on to become an arts education consultant working across the UK and abroad. In 2005 she became Head of Education & Public Events at Whitechapel Gallery, moving from Whitechapel to become Director of the Foundling Museum in 2011. In addition to her role as Director of the Foundling Museum, she is Co-Chair of the Women Leaders in Museums Network; a Trustee of Holburne Museum Bath; a mentor to a number of female leaders in the arts; and she serves on the Advisory Boards of Charterhouse and Two Temple Place.

We are delighted too that three of the Museum’s esteemed Foundling Fellows have been recognised. Sir Quentin Blake has been made a Companion of Honour, while Chi-chi Nwanoku and Cornelia Parker have both been made CBE.

Well done Caro!

A full list of the Birthday Honors can be found on Government website.


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