Discover the Museum Collection up close

This Saturday, visitors can get close to the Museum’s Collection in our first handling session.

Guided by the expertise of our Collections staff, the Handling Collection has been developed by our Visitor Engagement team over the past year. The Collection has been acquired to mirror the Museum’s Collection, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to touch and study a selection of objects similar to those in the galleries.

Containing over 30 objects, amongst the Collection are items similar to the Foundling Hospital tokens – the small, humble objects which often leave the greatest impression on our visitors. The opportunity to get close to these items will enable visitors to deepen their engagement with the Museum’s Collection. Handling Collections have proven to offer a powerful learning experience, enabling visitors to made real and tangible links to the past. Being able to touch, play and closely observe objects engages many of our senses. Originally acquired as a resource for visually impaired visitors, the team soon realised that the Collection offers a rich experience for all to enjoy.

This Saturday we will hold our first ever object handling session, giving visitors the opportunity to interact with these items. Held in our Picture Gallery from 13:00 – 15:00, a Museum volunteer will be on hand to guide visitors through the Collection and answer questions. The session is free to attend with Museum admission, and suitable for visually impaired visitors and children aged 3+.

The Handling Collection is also available on request. For further information please contact our Visitor Engagement Manager, Vincent Wright, on