Higher education teaching collaborations

We work with teachers from a number of Higher Education Institutions to plan and support courses for students using the Museum and its collections as inspiration. These range across, but are not limited to, art and design, performance, music, archive and book studies, conservation and curating or museum studies courses, and can include opportunities for students to present work at the Museum.

The Museum regularly works with the University of the Arts, London, collaborating with the Culture, Curating and Criticism BA and Jewellery courses at Central St Martins, and Spatial Design course at Chelsea, with students developing public programme events and work for display at the Museum. We also welcome students on professional work placements as part of museum practice courses, such as those run by Birkbeck University and University of Westminster.

The Museum also currently works in partnership with Goldsmiths University Department of Music, sharing resources and teaching; our Gerald Coke Handel Collection Librarian is Visiting Research Fellow at the University, and leads seminars for undergraduate and postgraduate students visiting the Collection.

The Museum has partnerships with West Dean College, University of Sussex, for their Bookbinding and Conservation programmes. Students explore the Handel Collection and undertake project work on Collection items as part of their training. Students for the MA courses in Archives and Records Management and in Library and Information Studies at University College London, and for the MA in The History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies, SOAS, undertake work placements in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection.

We can only support a very small number of courses in each year. For more information or to discuss a possible collaboration with the curatorial department please email exhibitions@foundlingmuseum.org.uk. For further details of possible collaborations concerning the Gerald Coke Handel Collection please email handel@foundlingmuseum.org.uk.

Research collaborations

The Museum is currently hosting two Collaborative Doctoral Award studentships.

Forgotten Foundlings: black lives and the eighteenth-century Foundling Hospital
Hannah Dennett holds this studentship in the Global History Department at University of Warwick, supported through the Midlands4Cities Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership. Read more here.

Concerts, Commerce and Charity in Georgian London
Lizzy Buckle holds this studentship in partnership with the Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, funded by the TECHNE Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership. Read more here.


We often work with academics, both affiliated and freelance, as guest curators for our exhibition programme. Past exhibition collaborations include Threads of Feeling, with Professor John Styles, The Fallen Woman with Professor Lynda Nead, and Basic Instincts with Dr Jacqueline Riding. We are currently developing an exhibition with Professor Helen Berry, based on her recent book Orphans of Empire. Please contact exhibitions@foundlingmuseum.org.uk for an informal discussion if you are thinking of making an exhibition proposal.