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A bibliography is available, guiding readers to materials relating to the Foundling Hospital, its supporters and the eighteenth century. Download the document here.

The Foundling Hospital Research Forum is open to all those studying the Foundling Hospital Collection and archives in depth, with an aim to facilitate the sharing of knowledge. Members are academics, independent researchers, authors and historians and include staff from Coram, the Foundling Museum and London Metropolitan Archives. The group meets twice annually. If you are interested in finding out more or joining the group email exhibitions@foundlingmuseum.org.uk.

Information is available to assist people researching former pupils of the Foundling Hospital. Please see this document for further details. Records more than 110 years old can be found at the London Metropolitan Archives. For enquiries about children admitted less than 110 years ago, please contact Coram.

The Museum runs symposiums and study days from time to time exploring aspects of the Collections and our exhibitions in more depth. Check our events for more information or sign up for our newsletter.

Anyone wishing to research Handel further may find the following websites useful:


The Museum welcomes requests to borrow items from the Collections from both UK institutions and those overseas. Read our loan request procedure.

Research Partnerships

We work with partners in Higher Education on Research, Exhibitions and Teaching.


The Museum is currently hosting two Collaborative Doctoral Award studentships working with Universities.
Forgotten Foundlings: black lives and the eighteenth-century Foundling Hospital
Hannah Dennett holds this studentship in the Global History Department at University of Warwick, supported through the Midlands4Cities Arts and Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership.

Concerts, Commerce and Charity in Georgian London
Lizzy Buckle holds this studentship in partnership with the Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, funded by the TECHNE Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership.


Exhibitions are an important way for us to build our knowledge. We often work with academics, both affiliated and freelance, as guest curators for our exhibition programme. Past exhibition collaborations include Threads of Feeling, with Professor John Styles, The Fallen Woman with Professor Lynda Nead, and Basic Instincts with Dr Jacqueline Riding. Our current exhibition, Fighting Talk, is curated by Professor Helen Berry, based on her recent book Orphans of Empire. Please contact exhibitions@foundlingmuseum.org.uk for an informal discussion if you are thinking of making an exhibition proposal.


We work with teachers from a number of Higher Education Institutions to plan and support courses for students using the Museum and its Collections as inspiration. These are wide ranging, across subjects such as art and design, performance, music, archive and book studies, conservation and curating or museum studies courses. There may be opportunities for students to present work at the Museum.

The Museum regularly works with the University of the Arts, London, collaborating with the Culture, Curating and Criticism BA and Jewellery courses at Central St Martins, and Spatial Design course at Chelsea, with students developing public programme events and work for display at the Museum. We also welcome students on professional work placements as part of museum practice courses, such as those run by Birkbeck University and University of Westminster.

The Museum also currently works in partnership with Goldsmiths University Department of Music, sharing resources and teaching; our Gerald Coke Handel Collection Librarian is Visiting Research Fellow at the University, and leads seminars for undergraduate and postgraduate students visiting the Collection.

Students for the MA courses in Archives and Records Management and in Library and Information Studies at University College London, and for the MA in The History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies, SOAS, undertake work placements in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection.

We can support only a few partnerships at once.