We offer a range of secondary school activities to inspire and engage pupils with our history. Focused, creative workshops led by professional artists are designed to enable students to deepen their understanding of History, English, Art & Design and Citizenship, and share their ideas in unique and diverse ways. Tailored to the needs of students and linked to the national curriculum, our accessible and fun activities are suitable for all abilities.

Artist-led workshops

Our artist-led workshops explore the story and legacy of the Foundling Hospital. Pupils will learn about the fascinating history of this important London institution through practical activities, art making and discussion led by professional artists. Lasting for 2 hours, each workshop makes links to the curriculum, and includes a tour of the Museum. Workshops are also programmed to link to our exhibitions, covering a wide range of subjects.

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. 

The tour and information given about the history of the Hospital was great! Very informative, engaging and interesting.


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 lunch time. Please see their website for details or email education@dickensmuseum.com to enquire about availability.

Hetty Feather & the Foundling Hospital

Suitable for Key Stage 3-4 | History, English
In this interactive gallery-based workshop, explore the story and objects that inspired author Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s much-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 been used to create a fictional world.

This is a Token

Suitable for Key Stage 3-4 | History, Art & Design, English
Only available 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.

The Foundling Hospital

Suitable for Key Stage 3-4 | 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 3-4 | 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 & the Story of the Gift of Art

Suitable for Key Stage 3-4 | 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, and George Frideric Handel through creative art activities and critical discussion.

Self-led visits

For a unique experience in London, book a free visit to explore our Collection and exhibitions with your pupils. We offer free resources for Key Stage 3-4 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. Please note group visits must be booked in advance.

Download Key Stage 3-4 Art worksheet
Download Key Stage 3-4 English worksheet
Download school visit guidelines
Download school risk assessment

For more information please email education@foundlingmuseum.org.uk.

Gerald Coke Handel Collection

We offer free visits for schools to view the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, along with a specially-designed workshop to give students an introduction to the music of Handel. For more information or to book a visit contact Katharine Hogg on +44 (0)20 7841 3606 or handel@foundlingmuseum.org.uk.

Handel & His Music

Suitable for Key Stage 3-4 | Music

Students of GCSE and A-level music are given an introduction to the music of Handel and his contemporaries, focusing on works studied as part of the relevant course syllabus. Original materials will be used during workshops and students will be introduced to aspects of the production, transmission and performance of music in the eighteenth century. 

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