Online | Jonas Hanway and the Parish Children of the London Foundling Hospital

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
12 Oct 2021 — 28 Feb 2022
  • Talks
Join Museum volunteer Thomas Aird to learn about Foundling Hospital governor Jonas Hanway and the Parish Children of the London Foundling Hospital.

On 12 May 1756 Jonas Hanway was formally elected as a governor of the London Foundling Hospital. This was also the day that the Foundling Hospital began the process of open admissions; something that Hanway was actively involved in. Jonas Hanway was a traveller, a prolific writer and a philanthropist and was famous for being the first man in London to dare carry an umbrella in public. He was influential in the passing of two acts in 1762 and 1767; commonly known as the Hanway Acts, which would have a major impact on children under the care of local parishes. Hanway envisaged the Foundling Hospital as a ‘clearing house for poor-law children’, and between the years 1767 and 1791 the London Foundling Hospital received 822 children from parishes across London. This talk will discuss this cohort of children and the impact this initiative had on the Foundling Hospital.

Thomas Aird is a volunteer at the Foundling Museum and is a retired Principal lecturer in neuroscience nursing and Work-based Learning and holds an MA in History of Education. He has varied historical interests including the history of architecture, the British Civil Wars and the Stuarts, and the concept of National Efficiency and its impact upon early 20th-century general education and nursing and of course the London Foundling Hospital.

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