FOUNDLING MUSEUM FUN
WHEN I heard that I was going to the Foundling Museum in London, I was super excited!
Emily in costume
The Foundling Hospital wasn’t a real hospital, but it was a place that looked after children who would otherwise have been abandoned on the streets. It was open from 1739 until 1954 and the children there were called foundlings.
As we walked in, we saw the original staircase from the boys’ wing of the hospital. We learned that the boys loved to slide down the banister!
It was sad to see the tokens that the parents gave to their babies before they were admitted to the Foundling Hospital. Tokens were things like coins or scraps of fabric, mostly with the child’s or parent’s name on. They were very important because if a parent ever wanted to reclaim their baby, they could describe the token, and then the hospital staff would know if they were really related.
Also, they had the actual uniform and one of the actual beds from the hospital. It was strange to think that, years ago, another child would have worn those clothes and slept in that bed!
My favourite part was the Hetty Feather exhibition. It was amazing because you could design your own duvet cover and pillow, do a special trail and even try on the costumes from the TV series!
I had a fantastic day at the Foundling Museum and I would definitely recommend it to everyone!