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The Fallen Woman - new exhibition at The Foundling Museum

25th September 2015 – 03 January 2016

This major exhibition focusses on the myth and reality of the ‘fallen woman’ in Victorian Britain.

In an age when sexual innocence was highly valued and sex life for a respectable woman was deemed appropriate only within marriage, the loss of chastity for an unwed woman had multiple repercussions. 208 more words


Staying Charitable - Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital

The elegant gentleman above is Thomas Coram, eighteenth century sea-going philanthropist and one determined character.

Childless himself, Coram was nonetheless moved by the plight of vast numbers of abandoned babies when he returned from the Americas to London in the early part of the eighteenth century. 240 more words

The Blog

Some sculpture and a hawk

Wednesday, May 6th 2015

We are having an in-town day today. For one thing, there is an exhibition we want to see and, for another, it’s pleasant to take things easy sometimes! 1,436 more words

Out And About

a trip to London

Hello! I’m just home again after a fantastic trip to London. I was there to attend the opening of the Sonia Delaunay retrospective (of which more shortly), but I also . 388 more words


Museum Week - Architecture

I had a day trip to London yesterday – making the most of having a bit more free time on my hands now I am my own boss! 393 more words

Book Review: The Winter Foundlings by Kate Rhodes

The Winter Foundlings (click on book or see below for description)
By Kate Rhodes
Released 2/24/15
Downloaded free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 776 more words


Coram’s Foundling Hospital legacy 

Thomas Coram had travelled around the world as a sea captain and shipbuilder but, returning to London in 1720, he was shocked to see so many children lying dying on the capital’s streets. 1,107 more words

Changing London