Year 2 visit to the Foundling Museum, London 10th November 2017

November 23, 2017

Year 2 have been learning about Thomas Coram. He was the first person to set up a charity in England. With the financial help of George Fredric Handel, Charles Dickins and William Hogarth they built the Foundling Hospital in London in 1739. Thomas Coram was horrified that there were so many abandoned children on the streets of London. Parents couldn’t afford to keep their children, London had lots of slum areas and many people drank gin instead of the dirty water, including the children. With a Royal Charter from King George 11 the hospital was built. Girls and boys could attend from birth until the age of 14 when the girls would go into service and the boys joined the army. In 1926, a new hospital was built in Berkhamsted. The hospital is now Ashlyns School.

At the museum, Daniel showed us a painting of Thomas Coram and we all had Victorian names. The Foundlings would have been given a new name as they entered the hospital as many had not been baptized. We then learnt what life was like as a ‘Foundling’.

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