With activity trails, family events, artist-led workshops and more, the Foundling Museum brings history to life for all ages.
Art activities for families to enjoy together are available every day at the Foundling Museum, making this a fun place to visit, at any time of year.
The Museum is designed with young visitors in mind. They can explore the Collection with creative activity trails, dress up as characters from the Foundling Hospital's history, or drop in to one of our artist-led workshops.

 

Family workshops

If you’re looking for things to do in London with children, we run regular family artist-led workshops on weekends, as well as additional workshops during school holidays. These fun sessions enable children to learn about the Museum and its exhibitions, whilst making something special to take home. FREE for children and up to two accompanying adults, unless otherwise stated.

Forthcoming family events

 

Trails & activities

Family activity trail

Go on an artistic adventure through the Museum and explore the Collection with our creative trail. FREE from the Museum Family activity trailInformation Desk.

Hetty Feather trail

A new trail takes Hetty Feather fans around the Museum, exploring the Collection and Hetty's life at the Founding Hospital through a range of art-based activities. Available from the Museum Shop.

Art Trolley

Our Art Trolley is packed with creative activities for adults and children to do together as they explore the Museum. FREE throughout the Museum during half-term.

Dressing-up rail

Dress up as foundling boy or girl using the historical costumes on our dressing-up rail. FREE in the Picture Gallery.

Interactive stations

Build a model of the Foundling Hospital, draw a token with a personal message or design the Hospital a new logo. FREE in the Introductory Gallery.

 

If your school is looking for interesting places to visit in London, interactive displays and exhibitions make the Foundling Museum one of the most engaging history museums for children in London.

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Our artist-led workshops explore the story and legacy of the Foundling Hospital, enabling students to develop their ideas and creativity through discussion and practical activities. Workshops cover Key Stages 1-5 and include cross-curricular links.

Sessions are available Tuesday - Friday (unless otherwise stated) from 10:00-12:00 or 12:00-14:00, and can accommodate up to 30 students. Workshops cost £120 per session (equivalent of £4 per child per 30 students, teachers go free). A lunch room is available on request. For more information or to book a session contact Elizabeth Lee on +44 (0)20 7841 3595 or elizabeth@foundlingmuseum.org.uk.

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Stories Alive! Dramatic Foundling Tales

Suitable for Key Stage 2-3 | History, English
Available for booking on Fridays

In this narrative-based drama workshop, embark on a journey through Foundling life. Students will begin an imaginative roleplay as foundling mothers and progressively explore what it was like to be a foundling from infancy to adulthood. This dynamic workshop incorporates games, drawing, roleplay and discussion to bring the story of the Foundling Hospital to life.

 
This is a Token

Suitable for Key Stage 1-4 | History, Art & Design, English
Available for booking on Fridays

In this practical workshop, use case studies to explore the tokens left by mothers when their babies were admitted to the Foundling Hospital. Students will discover the history of the Foundling Hospital and the Museum Collection, and create their own special token to share with a loved one. Teachers can book to make either sewn fabric tokens or sculpted clay tokens.

 
Narrative Prints

Suitable for Key Stage 1-4 | History, Art & Design, English
Available for booking on Fridays

Explore the work of eighteenth-century painter, print maker and satirist William Hogarth in this innovative, technical workshop. Students will learn about the development of the ‘narrative series print’ made popular by Hogarth and develop their own print based on the story of the Foundling Hospital. Each print will then form a book that tells a story.

 
The Foundling Hospital

Suitable for Key Stage 1-5 | History, Art & Design, English, Citizenship

Explore the story of the Foundling Hospital and the lives of the children who passed through its doors in this gallery-based workshop. On a journey through the Museum Collection, discover the philanthropic roles of Thomas Coram, William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel in the initial running of the institution. This workshop also explores the experiences of parents and foundlings throughout the 200 year history of the Hospital.

 
A Victorian Foundling Hospital

Suitable for Key Stage 1-5 | History, Art & Design, English, Citizenship

Explore life at the Foundling Hospital in Victorian London. Discover the ways in which public concern for philanthropic ventures affected the Hospital and changed the local area in this gallery-based workshop.

 
The Foundling Hospital and the Story of the Gift of Art

Suitable for Key Stage 1-4 | History, Art & Design, English, Citizenship

Discover the story of the Foundling Hospital and learn how individual artists can influence social change. Explore the Museum Collection including the work of William Hogarth, Thomas Coram and George Frideric Handel through creative art activities and critical discussion.

 

Hetty Feather and the Foundling Hospital

Suitable for Key Stage 1-2 | History, English

In this interactive gallery-based workshop, explore the story and objects that inspired author Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s well-loved book Hetty Feather. Discover the differences and similarities between Hetty’s Hospital and the real life Foundling Hospital, and find out how history has be used to create a fictional world.

 

For larger groups of up to 60, our neighbours at the Charles Dickens Museum are often able to accommodate half of your group for a taught visit before swapping over at lunchtime. Please see their website for details or email education@dickensmuseum.com to enquire about availability.

 

Self-led visits

For a unique experience in London, book a free visit to explore our Collection and exhibitions with your pupils. We offer a range of resources for Key Stage 1-4 which complement group visits and explore different aspects of the Foundling Hospital story in relation to Art, Design and English. Special resources also accompany our regular programme of exhibitions and displays. For more information or to book a visit to one the more unusual museums in London, contact Elizabeth Lee on +44 (0)20 7841 3595 or elizabeth@foundlingmuseum.org.uk. Please note bookings must be made in advance.

Key Stage 1-2 Art worksheet

Key Stage 1-2 English worksheet

Key Stage 3-4 Art worksheet

Key Stage 3-4 English worksheet

School visit guidelines

School risk assessment

 

Choir performing in the Picture Gallery

Our Community Choir is a sociable, adult choir open to everyone. Whether you’re a regular choir attendee, or wanting to test out your vocal skills for the first time, we would love to meet you.

Established in 2009, the Community Choir continues the Foundling Hospital’s musical legacy which famously began with Handel’s involvement in the eighteenth century. Today the Choir is an ever-growing group of enthusiastic members from Camden and beyond, who share a passion for music and singing. Absolute beginners are welcome and no auditions are needed. You don’t need to be able to read music either.

Why join?

  • Socialise and meet new people from the local area
  • Share your love of music with like-minded people
  • Have fun learning a wide range of music
  • Challenge yourself, gain a new skill and increase your confidence
  • Escape the rush hour commute

“How better to start the week than with a couple of hours of inspiring singing in a beautiful room. I always leave feeling better for it and most definitely with a spring in my step” Stephanie, choir member

Repertoire & conductor

Based at the Foundling Museum, the group performs a varied repertoire from classical to pop and puts on a least one concert for the public per term. Examples of pieces sung include:

  • From a Window, John Lennon & Paul McCartney
  • Gloria, Vivaldi
  • Lean on Me, Bill Withers
  • Life on Mars, David Bowie
  • Night and Day, Cole Porter
  • Ye Banks and Braes, Robert Burns

The choir is led by inspirational conductor Kieran Jones. A passionate musician, Kieran has worked with a number of choirs , as both conductor and musical director, including  the Symphony Chorus of Cardiff University, the Palestrina Singers and the Male Voice Choir of Cardiff University. Formerly a chorister, Kieran has also performed on BBC Radio Three and Radio Wales. Handel is one of his great musical heroes.

Sing with us

The group meets for rehearsals on Monday evenings from 18:30-20:15 in the Foundling Museum’s beautiful Picture Gallery. Enthusiastic new members, aged 18 and over, are always welcome.

Autumn term: 18 September – 11 December 2017

Membership costs £60 per term.

For more information or to join, contact Elizabeth Lee on 020 7841 3593 or email learning@foundlingmuseum.org.uk