When the Coronavirus pandemic forced the Foundling Museum to close in March 2020, we looked for new ways to make our Collections available online and to stay connected with communities at the heart of the Museum’s life, namely our volunteers, care-experienced trainees and graduates of our Tracing Our Tales programme, and the former pupils of the Foundling Hospital. The result is Shared Stories, Shared Voices, a collection of highly personal responses to objects on display in the Museum, made by people who have a deep connection with the stories they tell.
With the help of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund – delivered by the Museums Association – Shared Stories, Shared Voices was developed through a series of artist-led workshops, run online through video calls, with participants working safely in their own homes. What you see here are the results.
Click on an object image to find out more about the item, and to hear the shared stories and diverse voices of the Foundling Museum community.
Thanks also to
Project participants: Former pupils of the Foundling Hospital: Clive, Eleanor, Henry, John, Ruth; Tracing Our Tales graduates: Nia, Rohima, Shereka, Sofia; Volunteers: Anne, Bridget, Brigid, Christine, Eliza, Gillian, Jenny, Kirsty, Lin, Lindi, Molly, Penny, Robin, Sheila, Sue
Project artists: Emma Crouch, Emma Middleton
Film-makers: Wilkie Branson, Emma Crouch, Will Jacob
Project Management: Lindsey Dear
Development Consultant: Stephanie Dennison
Project research: Janette Bright, with the assistance of Gillian Clark
Project Evaluation: Tom Henri
Support for Emma Middleton: Jan Cullen