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 in helping us to celebrate the achievements of a group of remarkable women whose pioneering actions have gone unrecognised for nearly 300 years. Reaching and exceeding our £20,000 target will enable us to bring together for the first time portraits of the 21 ladies who were instrumental in galvanising Thomas Coram’s campaign to save some of London’s most vulnerable children. In the year of Vote100, we believe it is important to give these women the credit they deserve. This autumn you will be able to see these women for yourselves as they take pride of place on the walls of the Museum’s Picture Gallery.
As well as covering more of the installation costs for the exhibition, the additional funds will also enable us to research the other women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes of the Foundling Hospital. Women worked in numerous roles inside the Hospital during the 200 years it was open, from laundresses and scullery maids, through to cooks, matrons and wet nurses. We are delighted that their lives and roles can now be explored in the Museum’s exhibition gallery as part of this show.
The exhibition Ladies of Quality & Distinction opens to the public on 21 September 2018. We do hope you will join us in celebrating these amazing women.