WHEN I heard that I was go­ing to the Foundling Mu­seum in Lon­don, I was su­per ex­cited!

First News - - Your News - by Emily Cor­nish

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!

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