The Museum is a charity and our exhibitions, learning programme, public events and conservation are paid for with donations from trusts, foundations and individuals. Every donation, no matter what the size, makes a difference.
The Foundling Museum temporarily closed in March in response to the developing situation with Covid-19, to protect our visitors, volunteers and staff. The challenges we all face are unprecedented. For the Museum, the loss of income is estimated at £400,000 without revenue from admissions, tours, events, retail and venue hire, and could cause a major deficit this financial year, putting the charity at risk.
The Museum opened in 2004 to care for the nationally important Foundling Hospital Collection, including masterpieces by Hogarth and his contemporaries. The Museum’s holdings have grown to include artworks spanning the 18th to 21st centuries, and the internationally-important Gerald Coke Handel Collection of 12,000 items, an essential research resource for understanding the birth of creative philanthropy and public concerts in the 18th century and their enduring impact in British culture. These collections continue to need the highest levels of care and conservation.
The Museum’s intimate scale, remarkable child-focussed story and ‘inch-wide, mile-deep’ philosophy enables it to develop long-term creative relationships that have a real impact on young lives and to champion children’s welfare. Our artists-led programmes serve vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in our local community and beyond, many of whom have been the hardest hit by the social distancing restrictions. Many live in cramped accommodation without gardens and without access to computers or 4G connectivity, which exacerbates their isolation.
As an independent charity, with no local or central government funding, we are relying on donations more than ever. Please help us in any way you can.