The Foundling Museum holds a unique place in Britain’s cultural landscape.

It tells the story of 300 years of creative philanthropy in this country: from the birth of the UK’s first children’s charity and the creation of the UK’s first public art gallery, to the seedbed for the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts and artists’ work to improve the opportunities for vulnerable children. However, as an independent museum and charity we need the support of others to tell our remarkable stories and carry out our vital education programme.

Since opening in 2004, the Museum’s visitor numbers, creative ambition and curatorial reputation have grown exponentially. However, to continue this success and embrace opportunities in the decades to come, we must guarantee our long-term financial security. Our established Supporters’ Loan Endowment scheme aims to do this by resolving the Museum’s historic annual shortfall in core funding.

The Supporters’ Loan Endowment allows individuals to loan money to the Foundling Museum on a temporary basis. These loans will be invested by our investment managers and the revenue derived will be used by the Museum to contribute to meeting core costs.

Supporters will be made honorary Patrons of the Museum for the duration of the loan giving them the opportunity to attend exhibition private views, special events and behind-the-scenes tours of other museums and galleries and (if they should wish) will be acknowledged on our website, donor boards and on any materials relating to the Endowment, where appropriate.

To find out more please click on the link to read the full details about the scheme or if you have any queries or would like more detailed information, please contact Nigel Cudlipp on 020 7841 3590 or at We would be delighted to hear from you. Your contribution will make a truly meaningful difference to an unique organisation.