The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum, located on Brunswick Square in Bloomsbury tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain's very first home for abandoned children. The museum now houses the Foundling Hospital Art Collection as well as the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world's greatest privately amassed collection of Handel memorabilia.

Highlighting how the Foundling Hospital's charity work for children still carries on today through the child care organisation Coram, the museum also examines the work of the Foundling Hospital's founder Thomas Coram, as well those of major benefactors of the hospital. These included the composer Handel and William Hogarth the artist, satirist and cartoonist. The 4th Duke of Bedford was President of the Foundling Hospital from its founding in 1739 until his death in 1771.

Set up as a charitable organisation in 1998, after a major refurbishment, The Foundling Museum opened to the public as a state-of-the-art museum in June 2004.

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The Foundling Museum