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The Gerald Coke Handel Collection reading room is open Wednesday - Friday for research by appointment. For all enquiries call +44 (0)20 7841 3606 or email

Further research resources

A bibliography is available, guiding readers to materials relating to the Foundling Hospital, its supporters and the eighteenth century. Download the document here

The Foundling Hospital Research Forum is open to all those studying the Foundling Hospital Collection and archives in depth, with an aim to facilitate the sharing of knowledge. Members are academics, independent researchers, authors and historians and include staff from Coram, the Foundling Museum and London Metropolitan Archives. The group meets twice annually. If you are interested in finding out more or joining the group email

Information is available to assist people researching former pupils of the Foundling Hospital. Please see this document for further details. Records more than 110 years old can be found at the London Metropolitan Archives. For enquiries about children admitted less than 110 years ago, please contact Coram at

The Museum runs symposiums and study days from time to time exploring aspects of the Collections and our exhibitions in more depth. Check our events for more information or sign up for our newsletter.

Anyone wishing to research into Handel further may find the following websites useful:

Handel autographs at the British Library

Handel resources and the Handel institute

Handel Reference Database

Handel & Hendrix in London (Handel House Museum)

Handel opera synopses

Golden Pages for musicologists

British Music Festival Database

Handel Gesellschaft in Halle


The Museum welcomes requests to borrow items from the Foundling Hospital and Foundling Museum Collections from both UK institutions and those overseas. Read our loan request procedure.

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, conservation and curating or museum studies courses, and can include opportunities for students to present work at the Museum.

The Museum 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 also has partnerships with the University of the Arts at Camberwell, and 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 on the MA Archives course at University College London also make a study visit to view the Museum’s Handel Collection and can undertake archival description placements.

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 For further details of possible collaborations concerning the Gerald Coke Handel Collection please email

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