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May 25 - Sep 2, 2018
British artist Jodie Carey has created three striking site-responsive installations for London’s Foundling Museum. A sea of delicate, ceramic fragments produced from fired clay-covered fabric swatches covers the gallery floor. Upstairs two monumental works made from plaster and bronze cast in the earth are set amongst the historic Collection. On display for the first time, these poignant works encourage visitors to reflect on the elemental nature of the Foundling Hospital story – of love, loss and survival.
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Jul 31 - Dec 2, 2018
2016 Foundling Fellow, Lily Cole, has created a film to mark the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontė’s birth. On display at the Foundling Museum, Cole’s film takes as its starting point Heathcliff, the foundling character central to Wuthering Heights, and explores links between the Foundling Hospital story and Brontė’s much-loved novel. Co-commissioned by the Foundling Museum, Brontė Parsonage Museum and Rapid Response Unit, with funding from Arts Council England.
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Sep 02, 2018 3:00pm talk/event
Learn more about Jodie Carey’s exhibition Sea. Commissioned by the Museum, Carey has created a series of striking new works in response to the Foundling Hospital story. Displayed within the exhibition gallery and amongst the historic Collection, her monumental pieces are imbued with a sense of remembrance and emotional trace. Meet the artist and discover how she approached the commission.
Free with Museum admission

Sep 21, 2018 - Jan 20, 2019
Marking 100 years of female suffrage, this landmark exhibition highlights the hidden stories of women in the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity. Discover portraits and stories of the 21 duchesses who in 1735, risking society’s disapproval, signed a petition to the King calling for the establishment of the institution. Displayed together for the first time, these paintings temporarily replace portraits of male governors that hang in the Museum’s Picture Gallery. Downstairs in the exhibition gallery, the lives of the remarkable women who supported the day-to-day running of the institution are brought to life.
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Dec 07, 2018 7:00pm talk/event
Join 18th century specialist Elizabeth Einberg for an evening tour of our exhibition Ladies of Quality & Distinction. Discover the various ways in which the duchesses featured in the exhibition presented themselves for posterity and why; and how they found opportunities to make their voices heard.
Tickets £5, £3 concessions & Foundling Friends (includes a free drink). Book online at


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