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Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for abandoned children. It houses significant collections of 18th century art, interiors, social history and music including an impressive Handel collection. The Foundling Museum was established in 1998 as a charity to care for the Foundling Hospital Collection. Following an extensive fundraising, renovation and rebuilding campaign the Foundling Museum opened in 2004. The Museum was established by a legal ruling from the Attorney-General in 1998, giving the Museum twenty five years in which to raise funds equivalent to the market value of the Collection, effectively purchasing the Collection from the Foundling Hospital which continues today as the children’s charity Coram. Funds raised to purchase the Collection secure the artworks for the Museum and go directly to Coram, to support its vital childcare work. When the Foundling Hospital placed its remaining children in foster homes in 1954 the charity was renamed and continues today as Coram. Coram aims to provide, develop and promote best practice in the care of vulnerable children, young people and their families.

40 Brunswick Square

Tel: 020 7841 3600
Opening Times: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Adult : £7.50

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    Going Back To Basics

    Until Sunday 7th January 2018

    Dr Jacqueline Riding overseas 'Basic Instincts' a look back at Georgian female attitudes to love and desire, seen through the work of artist Joseph Highmore. It also marks the first significant Highmore exhibition for half a century. His painting, The Angel of Mercy, will also be on public display for the very first time in the UK.

    FREEd 2
    • 2 x Adult: Free
    • 0 x Child: Free
    • 0 x OAP: Free
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    Foundling Museum

    Until Sunday 1st July 2018

    An interesting and unique exhibition highlighting the difficulties of being a child in care and how this label was used as an identifying mechanism. It made in response to the Foundling Hospital school uniforms and young people's experiences of being labelled as a 'child in care' at school. The shirt labels record sentences that teachers and parents said to them during their school life.

    £20.50d 2
    • 2 x Adult: £10.25 each
    • 0 x Child: Free
    • 0 x OAP: £7.50 each
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