Online | Forgotten Foundlings: Uncovering the life of Thomas Trowbridge

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05 Nov 2020 — 28 Feb 2022
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Discover the life Thomas Trowbridge, one of the few foundlings of colour, in this online talk.

London witnessed a growing black population during the eighteenth-century and some of these individuals requested that their infants be taken into the care of the Foundling Hospital. But how do we uncover the stories of these people and their children? PhD researcher Hannah Dennett, based at the University of Warwick and working in collaboration with the Foundling Museum, explores ongoing research into identifying foundlings of colour through the story of Thomas Trowbridge, who was admitted to the institution in 1798. The talk was given on 28 October 2020 and is chaired by the Museum’s Public Events Programmer, Katy Hamilton.

Hannah Dennett completed her BA in History and MA in History at Nottingham Trent University, where she was awarded the History Subject Prize and a Research Pathways Scholarship, before starting her PhD at the University of Warwick last year. Her project, Forgotten Foundlings: Black Lives and the Eighteenth-Century Foundling Hospital, is funded by Midlands4Cities. You can read more of Hannah’s work on Thomas Trowbridge in this University of Warwick blog post.

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