The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum

Charity information

The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Where artists and children have inspired each other since 1740.

Founded 2004

  • Mission statement

    Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events the Foundling Museum celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have been inspired to improve children’s lives since 1740. The museum continues the legacy of creative philanthropy established by William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel at the Foundling Hospital.

    The Museum maintains the Foundling Hospital’s commitment to improving the lives of marginalised children and young adults, by enabling them to work alongside some of today’s best artists, musicians and writers. Each year over 6,500 young people are involved in education workshops and projects both within the Museum and in the community. There is an extensive programme of school workshops; partnerships with teacher training institutions; a regular programme of free activities for families; and tailored projects for young people in care, child refugees and young people outside education, employment or training. These programmes aim to give participants the opportunity to engage with art and artists of the highest calibre, in order that they can increase their confidence and sense of self-worth, explore their creative potential and see themselves as a vital part of our society. Continuing the Hospital’s musical tradition, the Museum’s Foundling Choir is made up of primary school children from Camden, supported by players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

  • Aims

    The Foundling Museum aims to:

    • To explore the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery.
    • To continue the legacy of creative philanthropy established by William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel at the Foundling Hospital, by enabling a dialogue between artists and children.
  • Overview

    Established: June 2004

    Registered Charity Number: 1071167

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 9

    Part time staff: 12

    Volunteers: 150

    Phone number: 00442078413594

    Address: 40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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