Great Ormond Street Hospital projects

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
21 Apr 2016 — 11 Sep 2016
  • Artists’ Projects
Since 2014 the Foundling Museum and Great Ormond Street Hospital’s GO Create! arts programme have been working in partnership to undertake a series of projects with children at the hospital, to enhance patient’s experience as part of the holistic care provided.

Responding to the legacy of the Foundling Hospital, the children have been working directly with visual artists to create a series of animations and artworks, addressing their personal experiences of treatment. We present two of these projects in the Museum’s Introductory Gallery: Mead’s Mysterious Medicines and Transplant.

Mead’s Mysterious Medicines

Working with Foundling Museum curator and artist Emma Middleton, and animator Shelly Wain, the children created animations and medicines inspired by the curious eighteenth-century medical recipes of the Foundling Hospital Governor, Dr Richard Mead. The children compared the medicines of the past to the present, before inventing their own imaginary medicine using ingredients that addressed their identity and their own experiences of treatment. The highly personal nature of the medicine’s ingredients and its bespoke effect enables parents, clinicians, Museum staff and visitors to better understand the hardships and the hopes of children in long-term care at Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Children from Great Ormond Street Hospital’s dialysis wards have created a collaborative animation, inspired by the Foundling Hospital’s history of medical innovation and Great Ormond Street’s ground-breaking transplant processes. Working with animator Shelly Wain, the children used their own experiences to create an animation that describes the process of dialysis through to a kidney transplant.

  • Transplant

  • Mead's Mysterious Medicines

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