New Study Studio to open

Next month we will be transforming our Café into an exciting new space. The Study Studio will be a versatile room in which our visitors can browse catalogues from our recent exhibitions, schools can come together to discuss their visit, … Read More

New ground-breaking traineeship for care leavers announced

A ground-breaking three-year project to develop a bespoke, paid training and mentorship programme for care-experienced young adults has been launched, with funding from Oak Foundation. Developed by the Foundling Museum, this unique programme will equip care-experienced young adults from Hackney, … Read More

New trustees appointed

We are delighted to announce that Perdita Hunt OBE, DL and Ronald Gould have been appointed to the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Their combined expertise includes financial regulation, business strategy and development, leadership, museum collections management and arts funding, with … Read More

New training programme for young care-leavers

We are delighted to announce a three-year project working with care-experienced young people, possible thanks to the support of the Oak Foundation The Foundling Hospital story resonates especially strongly with people who have experienced growing up in children’s homes, hostels … Read More

Lemn Sissay MBE joins our Board of Trustees

We are delighted to announce that award-winning poet, playwright and author Lemn Sissay, MBE has been appointed to our Board of Trustees. Sissay’s current roles include Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Associate Artist at the Southbank Centre, Patron of the … Read More

New research reunites token with its owner

New research undertaken by the Museum has reunited a Foundling Hospital token with its infant owner. We are delighted to have rediscovered the story of child number 9009, who was admitted to the Foundling Hospital on 22 June 1758. Examination of the child’s admission … Read More

New displays on Faramondo and Partenope

Two new displays in the Handel Gallery bring to life the performance history of operas Faramondo and Partenope, coinciding with stagings by the London Handel Festival and English National Opera. Handel’s opera Faramondo was first performed at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket in London, … Read More

Instagram competition

Send us a photograph of what play means to you for the chance to win a signed copy of Mark Neville’s limited-edition book Child’s Play. Child’s Play is a photographic project by artist Mark Neville, presenting photographs of children at play in … Read More

Royal Albert Hall’s CEO appointed as Trustee

We are delighted to announce that Chris Cotton has been appointed to the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Chris is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Albert Hall, a post he has held since 2009. He also serves as Chair … Read More

Disabled Access Day at the Foundling Museum

We’re taking part in Disabled Access Day, a nationwide celebration of good access that creates opportunities for people to try something new. On 11 and 12 March visitors can enjoy fun and accessible talks, tours and sessions, that explore the Foundling Hospital’s … Read More

Lisa Knapp giveaway

With Broadside Ballads just around the corner, Lisa Knapp has given us a collection of CDs to give away, including signed copies of her albums Hidden Seam and Wild and Undaunted. Lisa Knapp is a singer and fiddle player whose debut … Read More

Discover the Museum Collection up close

This Saturday, visitors can get close to the Museum’s Collection in our first handling session. Guided by the expertise of our Collections staff, the Handling Collection has been developed by our Visitor Engagement team over the past year. The Collection … Read More

New works on display in the Handel Gallery

The Handel Gallery’s permanent display exploring Handel’s Messiah has been refreshed and will present items relating to Theodora, the composer’s penultimate oratorio. A new text panel in the Handel Gallery outlines the history of the composition and first performances of Messiah, and their … Read More

A twenty-first century Gin Lane

Thomas Moore’s reimagining of William Hogarth’s infamous cartoon Gin Lane has gone on public display for the first time at the Museum. Originally commissioned by Royal Society for Public Health to mark its 160th anniversary in 2016, the new artwork Gin … Read More

Robot tours

We have been working on an exciting new project to give hospital patients the chance to visit the Museum – without leaving their bed. Over the past three months we have been collaborating with Denis Roche at roschprojects to provide … Read More

New acquisition on display

A case for a silver cup given by the Foundling Hospital’s founder Thomas Coram to his nephew and godson, Thomas Corham, has gone on display in the Museum’s Introductory Gallery. After working as an apprentice to a shipwright in London, … Read More

Foundling Museum cafe reopens

We are delighted to announce that our café has reopened, managed by Leafi. Leafi run several cafés and restaurants located at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in and around London, including The Courtauld, Whitechapel Gallery and St John’s … Read More

Cornelia Parker wins Artist of the Year at the Apollo Awards

Cornelia Parker, curator of our exhibition FOUND, has been named Artist of the Year at the Apollo Awards 2016. Parker was praised for her contribution to the art world throughout 2016, including Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), a commission for the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum … Read More

Broadside Ballads at the Foundling Museum

This coming Spring the Museum will play host to an exciting new folk music project, Broadside Ballads. This special touring project sees three of the UK’s most innovative folk artists collaborate for the first time to reinvent a collection of … Read More

2016 Foundling Fellows announced

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the 2016 Foundling Fellows. They are: actress and social entrepreneur Lily Cole, musician Sam Lee and artist Bob and Roberta Smith. Each Fellow will devise a project that animates the relationship between philanthropy, creativity … Read More

Handel exhibition at Boughton House

Items from the Gerald Coke Handel Collection have been loaned to Boughton House for their summer exhibition on the composer George Frideric Handel. The Handel Exhibition 2016, looks at key moments in the composer’s life and his legacy, with items from the Duke … Read More

Judith Bollinger appointed as Trustee

We are delighted to announce that Judith Bollinger has been appointed to the Board of Trustees. With more than 30 years of experience in financial services, Judith originally worked for Goldman Sachs in equity research and most recently as the … Read More

The London Gin Club created a new cocktail inspired by FOUND

To accompany our exhibition FOUND, we asked the London Gin Club to create a new gin cocktail, inspired by the eighteenth-century history of the Foundling Hospital. Here’s the story behind their creation, the Rocketts Milk Punch, a contemporary take on a recipe first … Read More

Finding Yourself honoured at film festival

Finding Yourself, a short documentary made by young people at the Foundling Museum, has been selected as a semi-finalist at the International Open Film Festival. A group of young people aged 15-17 took part in Holborn Community Association’s youth film-making project, … Read More

Handel at Vauxhall

This summer the Gerald Coke Handel Collection will display a recently-acquired model of Roubiliac’s statue of Handel for Vauxhall Gardens, alongside related items from their Collection. The bronze model forms part of an in-focus case entitled Handel at Vauxhall, which will … Read More

The Foundling Museum Drawing Club

Young people aged 10 – 18 from the Royal Drawing School will be sketching at the Foundling Museum throughout their Summer term. The Royal Drawing School is running both its Saturday Morning Drawing Club and Young Associates programme at the Foundling … Read More

Working with London Reclaimed

We commissioned social enterprise London Reclaimed to make new tables for the Foundling Museum Café. London Reclaimed is a bespoke furniture and employment charity, that trains young people to create furniture from reclaimed timber. They work with 16-25 year-olds from … Read More

New acquisition by the Gerald Coke Handel Collection

The Gerald Coke Handel Collection, housed in the Foundling Museum, has acquired a letter describing the first Handel Commemoration Concerts. Taking place at Westminster Abbey in 1784, this series of concerts commemorated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the composer’s death. The acquired … Read More

Interview with Artists-in-Residence Pavilion

Collaborative artist duo Pavilion (Sophie Yetton and Gabriel Birch) discuss their plans as Artists-in-Residence at the Foundling Museum. Artquest’s Nick Kaplony and Alison Duke, Collections Manager at the Foundling Museum, talk to Sophie Yetton and Gabriel Birch of Pavilion, about their … Read More

Looking back on The Fallen Woman

Now that The Fallen Woman has come to an end, we look back at this major exhibition on the myth and reality of the ‘fallen woman’ in Victorian Britain. In an age when sexual innocence was highly valued and sex … Read More

The story of the stereoscopes

We talk to Denis Pellerin, curator of Dr Brian May’s stereoscope collection, about the nineteenth-century stereocards on display in The Fallen Woman. We are now in the final days of the exhibition and hopefully you have all had a chance to … Read More

Focusing on Found Drowned

As The Fallen Woman enters into its final weeks, Director Caro Howell looks at one of the most striking pictures in the show: Found Drowned by G F Watts, painted in 1849-50 and on loan from the Watts Gallery. This work was … Read More

New Display: Handel’s Performers

George Frideric Handel worked with many singers, often composing or adapting music for a particular performer. This new display of portraits and documents in the Handel Gallery brings together celebrities of the day, along with some lesser-known singers who brought … Read More

Bloomsbury Festival this weekend

  Admission is free to the Foundling Museum on Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 October! As part of the Bloomsbury Festival, a celebration of the cultural diversity throughout the local area, we are opening our doors and running a series of free events … Read More

New installation to launch next month

We are delighted to be taking part in Papaver Rhoeas, an exciting new project from artist Paddy Hartley. Hartley has created a series of hand-crafted poppies using pathologically preserved lamb’s heart tissue, produced by a unique team of art and … Read More

Foundling Hospital documentary nominated for an Emmy

We’re excited to receive the news that the BBC documentary Messiah at the Foundling Hospital has been nominated for a 2015 International Emmy. Nominated in the arts programming category, this one-hour drama documentary recreated the first performance of Messiah at … Read More

Pavilion announced as new artists in residence

We’re delighted to announce that Pavilion, collaborative artist duo Sophie Yetton and Gabriel Birch, have been awarded this year’s artist research residency. The Foundling Museum Residency is an opportunity for a visual artist or group of artists to engage with our collections and … Read More

Fallen Voices, a sound installation by Steve Lewinson

Musician and composer Steve Lewinson was commissioned by the Foundling Museum to create a sound installation to accompany upcoming exhibition The Fallen Woman.  Featuring the voices of acclaimed actors Maxine Peake, Marianne Jean Baptiste, Ruth Jones, Renée Castle and Adrian Dunbar, alongside cellist … Read More

Director Caro Howell on the Foundling Hospital Petitions

With The Fallen Woman opening next week, we are excited to exhibit previously undisplayed documents from the Foundling Hospital’s nineteenth century archive. This exhibition has provided an opportunity for new research into the Hospital’s nineteenth-century records which, unlike their eighteenth-century counterparts, … Read More

26 Pairs of Eyes: In Performance

“Were you born under the sign of the fish, thimble or acorn, padlock, pin or coin?” Spoken word artists Jacob Sam-La Rose and Toni Stuart, perform ‘Chorus’, a response to 26 Pairs of Eyes, in the Museum’s Court Room. This display paired 26 … Read More

Art is Happening!

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Art Happens campaign and helped us raise over £25,000 towards the cost of realising our exhibition The Fallen Woman. So many of you are eager to … Read More

The Pinch of Poverty returns

After a short spell at the Geffrye Museum, our much-loved painting The Pinch of Poverty is now back at the Museum and on display above the main staircase. Painted by Thomas Kennington (1856-1916), the work was bequeathed to the Hospital in … Read More

Help us to make art happen

The Foundling Museum needs your help to give a voice to the mothers who gave up their babies to the Foundling Hospital We will be raising £23,000 in just six weeks to help realise The Fallen Woman, a major new … Read More

Mead’s Mysterious Medicines

Children from Fox, Robin and Eagle wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital have created animations and medicines inspired by the eighteenth century medical recipes of the Foundling Hospital Governor, Dr Richard Mead. Working with Foundling Museum curator and artist Emma … Read More

Waiting

Children aged 2 – 13 years from Puffin Ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital created an animation inspired by patients waiting to have major operations, and by the story of the foundlings waiting to leave the Foundling Hospital. This work … Read More