Quentin Blake: Gifted | Poet Q&A with Sarah Adegbite

As part of our exhibition Quentin Blake: Gifted, we asked writers to set words to his images, reversing Blake’s usual process by getting the poets responding to his drawings. In this interview, we chat with one of the writers, the hugely talented … Read More

#LaurenChildCurates Twitter Takeover

As part of What do you think about when you think about nothing? we organised a Twitter takeover revealing our and our friends’ favourite childhood books and how they influenced us. Take a look below to see the full list … Read More

Quentin Blake: Gifted | Poet Q&A with Yomi Sode

As part of our exhibition Quentin Blake: Gifted, we asked writers to set words to his images, reversing Blake’s usual process by getting the poets responding to his drawings. In this interview, we chat with one of the writers, the hugely talented … Read More

Quentin Blake: Gifted | Poet Q&A with Ben Westwood

As part of our exhibition Quentin Blake: Gifted, we asked writers to set words to his images, reversing Blake’s usual process by getting the poets responding to his drawings. In this interview, we chat with one of the writers, the … Read More

Portrait Commission 2021

Help us give a face to the 25,000+ children who grew up at the historic Foundling Hospital. The museum seeks to raise £15,000 to commission photographic portraits of some of the surviving former pupils, who are the last living connection to our 300-year-old story. Taking their place on the walls … Read More

NHS Heroes

You, yes you, you’re the superhero that has helped us battle our way through this pandemic. You might not wear a cape or your underwear over your trousers, but we can see you. You are the nurse, the doctor, the … Read More

We are re-opening (at last)

It’s been too long and we’ve missed you! We look forward to welcoming you back in to the museum from Friday 21 May. Winter can feel like the longest of the seasons at the best of times, but this winter … Read More

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip

“As a museum dedicated to working with young people, I would like to extend deepest condolences on behalf of staff and trustees to Her Majesty The Queen, to our Royal Patron The Duchess of Cambridge, and to all of the … Read More

We’re #HereForCulture – we’re here for you!

It’s an absolute joy to tell you that we’ve been awarded much needed funding from the Cultural Recovery Fund This hugely welcome funding will not only ensure the museum can re-open in May with confidence and a strengthened offer, it … Read More

Four years of Tracing Our Tales

Now in its fourth year, our programme Tracing Our Tales continues to help care-experienced young adults. Launched in October 2017, Tracing Our Tales, led by artist Albert Potrony, has been a ground-breaking paid training and mentorship programme for care-experienced young adults, … Read More

Reaching the local community

Discover how we’ve been connecting with local children through art. During lockdown, we have been working hard to keep in contact with the local community where we can. Although weekly visits to the Museum by local nurseries have had to … Read More

Free Zoom backgrounds for download

Put yourself in the picture with our selection of video backdrops. While many of us are working from home still, or communicating with friends and family through video calls, you may be tired of seeing your own rooms as the … Read More

Museum re-opening

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be welcoming visitors, volunteers and staff back to the Museum from Friday 4 December. In the run up to Christmas we’ll be open from 10:00-17:00, Friday to Sunday. Our tree is up so we’re … Read More

Filming at the Foundling Museum

Are you searching for a unique historic venue for future filming or photoshoots? For a limited time only, our historic spaces can be hired between 06:00 – 22:00 during any weekday. The Foundling Museum has a selection of stunning 18th … Read More

Heritage Emergency Fund Grant

The Foundling Museum has received a grant from National Lottery to support and help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage. The funding will support the Museum’s core operational costs, a digital upgrade, and new activities designed to … Read More

Respond and Reimagine Grant awarded by Art Fund

The Foundling Museum is one of 18 organisations to receive a grant from Art Fund in the first round of their Respond and Reimagine grants. Securing this grant will enable the Museum to radically change its business model to operate … Read More

Isolation Notes

Isolation Notes is a short film made during lockdown by care leavers from the Museum’s Tracing Our Tales traineeship. Since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic and the government sent the UK into lockdown, many … Read More

Grant awarded by Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

The Foundling Museum is one of fifteen museums that have been awarded a total of £367,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund for projects that bring people closer to collections at a time when physical access to museums is restricted. … Read More

Art Newspaper podcast: Thomas Coram by Hogarth

Listen to the Art Newspaper podcast which includes a conversation with Caro Howell, the director, around Hogarth’s portrait of Thomas Coram. A the painting that is the cornerstone of our collection—which Caro now hasn’t seen for months because of the … Read More

Curatorial Fellowship appointment

The Foundling Museum is delighted to announce that we have appointed Laura House to our Curatorial Fellowship. Laura is also Museum Administrator at the Royal College of Music Museum, supporting their major redevelopment. In 2019-2020 she guest curated Beyond the … Read More

Virtual tour on Google Arts & Culture

For those of you who don’t know me I’m Harry, the Operations Manager at the Foundling Museum. Since the Museum closed in March I’ve continued to come into work every day, along with my Operations Assistant, on our bikes. We … Read More

Association of Women in the Arts

Last week the Director, Caro Howell, talked to the Association of Women in the Arts about the Museum’s work with young people and how the Museum is driven by an ‘Inch Wide Mile Deep’ approach, acknowledging that it can’t be … Read More

Chineke! Junior Orchestra on Britain’s Got Talent

Amazing to see the Chineke! Junior Orchestra perform on Britain’s Got Talent, on Saturday night. The Chineke! Foundation exists to champion change and celebrate diversity in classical music. Launched in 2015 by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, 2018 Foundling Fellow. Nwanoku says: … Read More

News from Foundling Fellows

During closure we’d like to share with you a few of the projects and initiatives that some of our Foundling Fellows and trustee Jeremy Deller are doing during Lockdown. Grayson Perry, 2010 Hogarth Foundling Fellow, is inviting the nation into his … Read More

During temporary Museum closure

Although we are temporarily closed to the public, you can still enjoy our remarkable 300-year old story and collections through these online links: Messiah and the Foundling Hospital is a BBC TV programme that reveals the inspiring relationship between the … Read More

ICAP Charity Cheque Presentation

Last night Caro Howell, Director and Emma Middleton, Curator Artists’ Projects attended the ICAP Charity cheque presentation at Mansion House. Funds raised on the ICAP Charity Day will support the Museum’s pioneering training programme for care-experienced young adults. The support … Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day

Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is celebrated annually on 14 February. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognised as a significant cultural, religious, and … Read More

New trustees appointed

The Foundling Museum is delighted to announce that Simon Russell and Claire Jeffers have been appointed to the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Their combined expertise includes both commercial and business strategy, with their experience covering both public and private sectors. … Read More

ICAP Charity Day

The Foundling Museum was delighted to be chosen as one of the 2019 charities for ICAP Charity Day. Dame Prue Leith supporter of the Museum was busy on the phones from 8:30 this morning, making deals to benefit the Museum. … Read More

It’s Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday and the Foundling Museum is very excited to let you know that we have been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019, the UK’s largest match funding campaign. Last year, thanks to generous … Read More

Christmas has arrived at the Museum

Christmas has arrived at the Foundling Museum. The tree is in place and stairs are decorated with foliage and baubles. Take a break from your Christmas shopping and pop into the Museum to see our temporary exhibition Two Last Nights: … Read More

The Museum is part of #ThanksToYou

The Foundling Museum is taking part in the National Lottery’s #ThanksToYou campaign and is offering free entry to National Lottery players, 23 November – 1 December 2019 (except Monday 24 November when we’re closed). See the Visit page for directions … Read More

Wedding Professionals’ Networking Day

Today the Foundling Museum is hosting the networking winter social event of the National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP). NAWP members will experience the Museum set up for a wedding ceremony and breakfast, plus they’ll have the opportunity to talk … Read More

Foundling Museum Announced as ICAP Charity

The Foundling Museum is delighted to announce that it has been selected by ICAP as one of the 2019 charities for ICAP Charity Day. This year’s ICAP Charity Day will be on 10 December 2019. Funds raised on ICAP Charity … Read More

Poet Lemn Sissay Wins Penn Pinter Prize 2019

2014 Foundling Fellow Lemn Sissay OBE has won the PEN Pinter prize, set up in memory of playwright Harold Pinter. Writer Maureen Freely, one of the judges, said: ‘In his every work, Lemn Sissay returns to the underworld he inhabited as an … Read More

Gerald Coke Handel Collection Librarians win Excellence Award

Our Gerald Coke Handel Collection Librarians have been awarded the Excellence Award for Music Libraries from the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML). Cited by the award panel as ‘a very special library, continually developing and … Read More

Inspiring more young people in 2019

Young adults aged 21 and under can now benefit from free entry. The story of Thomas Coram and his catalytic supporters – the 21 ‘ladies of quality and distinction’, William Hogarth, and George Frideric Handel – is a powerful reminder … Read More

In memoriam: Patrick Walker OBE

5 August 1931 – 4 February 2019 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the Museum’s President, Patrick Walker OBE. Patrick was Chairman from 1999-2006. The Foundling Museum was born out of his vision, passion and … Read More

New acquisition announced

We are pleased to announce the Museum has acquired the first major portrait of a key female supporter of the 18th-century Foundling Hospital. A painting by celebrated 18th-century artist Andrea Soldi of Isabella, Duchess of Manchester, one of Thomas Coram’s … Read More

Handel goes on tour

Discover items from the Museum Collection in the V&A’s opera exhibition as it goes on tour. Visitors to the V&A’s touring exhibition Opera: Passion, Power, Politics will have the opportunity to see two unique items from the Museum’s Gerald Coke … Read More

The secret life of Emily Brontë

Discover more about the making of Foundling Fellow, Lily Cole’s short film Balls this Christmas with a special Channel 4 documentary. This Autumn we were delighted to screen Balls, a short film made by our Foundling Fellow, Lily Cole. Earlier … Read More

Tracing our Tales shortlisted for Museums Association award

We were delighted to be shortlisted for a Museums Change Lives Best Project Award for our ground-breaking programme Tracing Our Tales. Launched this year by the Museums Association, the Museums Change Lives awards programme has been designed to celebrate the … Read More

New portrait of Dame Jacqueline Wilson

The first painted portrait of Dame Jacqueline Wilson was unveiled here today at the Museum. A painting by Saied Dai of Dame Jacqueline Wilson, one of our first Foundling Fellows, has been commissioned for the Museum by Dame Stephanie Shirley … Read More

Inaugural PhD at the Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum is pleased to collaborate with Royal Holloway College, University of London, on an AHRC-funded PhD studentship exploring the subjects of Concerts, Commerce and Charity in 18th-Century London. Applications are now open for this fully-funded PhD studentship, which … Read More

Tracing Our Tales recruitment

We are now recruiting for year two of our mentorship programme, Tracing Our Tales Launched in October 2017, Tracing Our Tales is a ground-breaking three-year paid training and mentorship programme for care-experienced young adults, with funding from the Oak Foundation. Focused … Read More

Tracing Our Tales project update

At the end of its first year, our mentorship programme, Tracing Our Tales, has seen trainees develop valuable skills for the future. In October 2017, we announced a ground-breaking three-year project, Tracing Our Tales, to develop a bespoke, paid training and mentorship … Read More

Google Arts & Culture

The Foundling Museum, along with more than 20 other institutions, has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture to shine a light on over 100 years of the UK women’s movement. Launching today to celebrate the anniversary of Millicent Fawcett’s 171st … Read More

Jodie Carey creates new work for the Museum

Our new exhibition Sea is comprised of three new striking installations by Jodie Carey, made especially for the Museum. Commissioned by the Museum, these works take their inspiration from the eighteenth-century fabric tokens left by mothers with their babies at … Read More

HENI Talks with Director Caro Howell

Recently launched, HENI Talks is an initiative that is dedicated to sharing insights about art history from leading artists, curators and academics on film. To mark their opening, HENI Talks spoke to some of the key figures in the art world, including … Read More

Lily Cole fellowship project announced

We’re excited to announce that Lily Cole is directing a short film for her Foundling Fellowship project, in partnership with the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Yorkshire. Developed for the Foundling Museum and Brontë Parsonage Museum to mark the 200th anniversary of Emily … Read More

Tales from the Introductory Gallery

We have updated some of the items in our Introductory Gallery, bringing in new and unique stories of children who passed through the Foundling Hospital. One such tale can be found in the form of a claim for the return … Read More

Explore the Collection with your smartphone

We are excited to announce that you can now use the Smartify app in the Museum. Smartify is a free app which helps people make meaningful connections with art. Using image recognition technology, the app instantly identifies works of art … Read More

The Lost Words Art Competition Winner Revealed

Congratulations to Katie Dadswell for winning our The Lost Words Instagram art competition, with her beautiful work Kingfisher. This competition encouraged entrants to depict wildlife that they had seen in their local area, in any art form they wished. With a … Read More

We did it!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Art Happens campaign. With your help we’ve raised an incredible £37,320, which means we’ve raised 176% of our initial target! We are so grateful to all of our donors for their support … Read More

Our newly approved event suppliers

The events team are delighted to be welcoming three new suppliers this month to their list of approved providers. Expanding the choice of caterers, there is fantastic Asian caterer Maia by the AC; for your floral needs, Wildabout are here … Read More

Art Happens fundraising campaign launched

This autumn, in the centenary of female suffrage, we want to celebrate the achievements of a group of remarkable women whose pioneering actions have gone unrecognised for nearly 300 years. In order to do this, we need your help. Following … Read More

Foundling Fellow Michael Morpurgo receives knighthood

We are delighted to share the news that acclaimed author and Founding Fellow, Michael Morpurgo, has received a knighthood for his services to literature and charity in this year’s New Year Honours list. Morpurgo has an unparalleled reputation as a … Read More

Fire Choir launches at the Museum

In February 2018 we will be launching Fire Choir, led by award-winning folk singer and Foundling Fellow Sam Lee, in partnership with The Nest Collective. This new, ‘open to all’ community choir is dedicated to revitalising communal singing with political … Read More

A royal visit

This week we were delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to the Museum. During her visit, The Duchess received a briefing on the history of the Foundling Hospital and how at the Museum we continue to engage vulnerable … Read More

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, OBE 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 … 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

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


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