Roundels of the Greenwich and Foundling Hospital, on display in the Court Room of the Foundling Museum
Art, Charity & the Navy: The Greenwich & Foundling Hospitals

Art, Charity & the Navy: The Greenwich & Foundling Hospitals

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
30 Oct 2017
  • Special Events
In this one-day symposium explore similarities in the origins, artistic involvement and philanthropic purpose of the Foundling Hospital and the Greenwich Royal Hospital for Seamen

9:30 – 18:00

Tickets £50, £40 concessions & Foundling Friends

Morning, Queen’s House, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Old Royal Naval College; afternoon, Foundling Museum. Participants will make their own way between the two sites.

The Foundling Hospital and the Greenwich Royal Hospital are eighteenth-century institutions with many similarities, both charitable hospitals with strong ties to maritime Britain. The Foundling Hospital was the first children’s charity in Britain, established by Royal Charter in 1739 by Captain Thomas Coram, a shipwright in the American colonies. The Royal Hospital for Seamen, Greenwich, was established by Royal Charter in 1694 and from 1712 also incorporated a naval school. Along with presentations and discussion with expert speakers, the day includes:

  • A tour of the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, formerly the place of worship for the inhabitants of the Royal Hospital for Seamen
  • The opportunity to see our historic Court Room and Picture Gallery, displaying works of art by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Highmore, Ramsay and many others
  • A visit to our exhibition Basic Instincts
  • Lunch, tea and coffee, and early evening drinks reception

Speakers include: Will Palin, Director of Conservation, Old Royal Naval College; Christine Riding, Head of Arts and Curator of the Queen’s House; Caro Howell, Director of the Foundling Museum; and Dr Jacqueline Riding, Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and Curator of the exhibition Basic Instincts.

In partnership with Royal Museums Greenwich

The Foundling Museum is a registered charity and all income from ticket sales supports our work