Thursday, January 3, 2013

Postcard from London: The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital (1739-1954) for abandoned infants. Founder Thomas Coram was appalled by the sight of children left to die on London streets. Among the poignant artifacts are notes left by mothers with their babies, including a 1789 poem ending: "That I in better plight may live/I'd try to have my Boy again/And train him up the Best of Men".
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Across the museum, on former hospital grounds, is Coram's Fields, a children's park. Adults may enter only if accompanied by a child.
Philanthropist Thomas Coram

18 comments:

Cloudia said...

What a heart rending yet inspiring world!

Tanya said...

love that adults are only allowed with a child...seems fitting...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Thank goodness for people like Thomas Coram hey Lulu, even way back then there were heroes. What a wonderful staircase in the museum, trying to imagine how it would be with children running up and down.

Lynette said...

Thank you for a moving post today. We need to remember this sort of story, as an inspiration for us every single day.

Adele said...

What a great tribute to a great man. I love that adults can only enter when accompanied by a child. A perfect park!

JM said...

Love the collage on top. Both shots are beautiful! Happy 2013.

LONDONLULU said...

Thanks so much all - it was a truly heartbreaking, yet inspiring place and chapter in social history.

LOLfromPasa said...

Such a lovely collection you have put together yet again. Touching tribute to a kind man. Well done, Lulu.

Catherine Goron said...

Thank you for this enlightening post Lulu, I love that the hospital was inspired by "the burgeoning fashion for charity and benevolence"... we need that kind of fashion these days! :)

James said...

I'm so glad they made a museum to preserve this interesting part of history. It's both sad and uplifting.

Great post!

Jenny Woolf said...

Do you know I have never been there, although I know Corams Fields very well. I think when I used to take my kids to Corams Fields the museum can't have been open. I remember it as offices. Thanks for the heads up, though - I will investigate.

Peter said...

Thanks for a glimpse of a stirring story.

EG CameraGirl said...

It makes me feel so sad that any mother would have to leave her child on a street. Thomas Coram was a wonderful person!

William Kendall said...

I love the look of that staircase...

Small City Scenes said...

How sad that so many Mothers felt they had to abandon their babies. I do love the stair case. Good pics. MB

Red Nomad OZ said...

'Foundling' is such an evocative word - probably used more in melodrama these days so the real meaning and reality for so many is lost. I wonder what drives a mother about to give up her baby to poetry? An intriguing thought!!

Have a great day!!

Norma Beishir said...

I agree with William--the staircase is very striking!

Happy New Year, Lulu!

Randy said...

Love the shot of the staircase.