Tokens given by mothers to their children on leaving them at the Foundling Hospital. 18thCentury

Identification tags left with children at the foundling hospital. How many parents returned, searching for the token that would identify their long-left child?

Boys marching out of the London Foundling Hospital for the last time, 1926.  Both the composer George Frideric Handel and the artist William Hogarth were governors of the home.

A home for London's abandoned children

The Girls Dining Room of the Foundling Hospital, 1773 By John Sanders 1750-1825

he Girls Dining Room of the Foundling Hospital, 1773 By John Sanders

A photograph of children playing at the Foundling Site Playing Fields, London, taken in July 1936 by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald.        The Foundling Hospital in London, established in 1739 by Thomas Coram (1668-1751), cared for orphaned, poor and homeless children. Today, the organisation 'Coram Family' continues to work with very vulnerable children.

A photograph of children playing at the Foundling Site Playing Fields, London, taken in July 1936 by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald. The Foundling Hospital in London, established in 1739 by Thomas Coram (1668-1751), cared for orphaned, poor and homeless children. Today, the organisation 'Coram Family' continues to work with very vulnerable children.

Mother's letter --  Byatt a. From the archives of Coram, formerly the  Foundling Hospital, held at London Metropolitan Archives

Mother's letter -- Byatt a. From the archives of Coram, formerly the Foundling Hospital, held at London Metropolitan Archives

A visit to the #Foundling Hospital

A visit to the Hospital

foundling+token | ... foundling hospital paris original canvas can be seen at the foundling hospital--heartbreaking

A detail from Henry Nelson O’Neil’s 1855 painting A Mother Depositing Her Child at the Foundling Hospital in Paris, on show at the London Foundling Museum’s forthcoming exhibition.

Pupils baking together

Coram and the Foundling Hospital


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