The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ
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  • Website www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk
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Animal Christmas Crackers: Art Workshops

Create animal-themed Christmas crackers in this free family workshop. Inspired by our family concert by the Waldegrave Ensemble, design your own cat, mouse or wolf crackers to take home and pull. Sign up on the day. Suitable for age 5+.

Sun 17 Dec

Free-£11 / 020 7841 3600

  • 15:00

Bach to Baby Family Concert

Programme: Flight of the Nimble Keys Featuring: Christopher Cromar, piano Soar into the new Bach to Baby season as 10 fingers buzz busily over 88 black and white keys! Hang on tight as we drift to distant shores, flutter between flowers, and whoosh into worlds gone by. And watch out for a nursery rhyme or two! Doors open…

Thu 14 Sep

£12 / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:30 – 11:30

Basic Instincts

The radical paintings of Georgian artist Joseph Highmore.

Fri 29 Sep

£11 (£8.25; Children free) / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sat 30 Sep

£11 (£8.25; Children free) / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 1 Oct

£11 (£8.25; Children free) / 020 7841 3600

  • 11:00 – 17:00
…and 84 more dates until 7 Jan 2018

Basic Instincts: Curator Tour

Explore our exhibition Basic Instincts with Museum Curator Kathleen Palmer, who leads a tour for visitors. This exhibition explores Georgian attitudes to love, desire and female respectability through the radical paintings of Joseph Highmore. Basic Instincts is the first major Highmore exhibition for 50 years and explores…

Sun 1 Oct

Free-£11 / 020 7841 3600

  • 15:00

BSL Tour

Enjoy a BSL tour of the Museum. Guide Alan Murray leads visitors through the Museum's galleries and period rooms, and brings the 200-year history of the Foundling Hospital to life. To book a place email enquiries@foundlingmuseum.org.uk.

Sat 4 Nov

Free-£11 / 020 7841 3600

  • 11:00

Family BSL Drop-In Session

Come along to a drop-in session introducing younger BSL users to the Museum. Using a combination of gallery talks and the Museum's handling collection, guide Alan Murray helps younger BSL users to engage with the Foundling Hospital's broad and varied history. Suitable for age 5+.

Wed 1 Nov

Free-£11 / 020 7841 3600

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Folk At The Foundling: Josienne Clarke & Kit Downes With Jeff Warner

Folk at the Foundling brings traditional music from the British Isles and beyond to the unique surroundings of the Foundling Museum, showcasing folk legends and breakthrough artists in our beautiful and intimate Picture Gallery. As well an amazing intimate acoustic performance, your ticket also entitles you to evening…

Fri 29 Sep

£14; £12 adv / 020 7841 3600

  • 19:00 – 22:30

Folk At The Foundling: Ranagri & Solasta

Folk at the Foundling brings traditional music from the British Isles and beyond to the unique surroundings of the Foundling Museum, showcasing folk legends and breakthrough artists in our beautiful and intimate Picture Gallery. Your ticket includes evening access to this amazing museum. As well an intimate acoustic…

Fri 27 Oct

£12 / 020 7841 3600

  • 19:00 – 22:30

Gabby Young

Bath is the birthplace of this singer-songwriter who puts her own interpretation on the folk-rock genre.

Fri 17 Nov

£14 / 020 7841 3600

  • 19:00 – 22:30

Glorious Clay Angels

Improve your clay-modelling skills as you sculpt a glorious angel of your own design, taking inspiration from the paintings in Basic Instincts. Sign up on the day. Suitable for age 5+.

Thu 26 Oct

Free / 020 7841 3600

  • 11:00 – 12:30
  • 13:15 – 14:45
  • 15:15 – 16:45

Handel's Water Music: 300 Years

Discover the story of Handel's Water Music, as we commemorate the 300th anniversary of its first performance, Handel composed his much-loved work Water Music for a party held for the King on the River Thames 300 years ago in July 1717. Handel Librarian Katharine Hogg recounts the story of the event with descriptions from…

Thu 7 Sep

Free, Museum entry free all day / 020 7841 3600

  • 11:00

Hetty Feather Out Loud

For this final event in connection with our exhibition Picturing Hetty Feather, Eva Pope, who plays Matron Bottomly in the CBBC Hetty Feather series, reads from the original books by Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Please note Museum admission and entrance to the exhibition can be purchased on the day.

Sat 2 Sep

£5 (£3) / 020 7841 3600

  • 15:00

In Conversation With Rachel Kneebone

Rachel Kneebone is a British artist whose intricate works address and question the human condition. This Autumn, Raft of the Medusa, a series of five porcelain sculptures, will be displayed amongst the Museum's historic Collection. Museum Director Caro Howell and Kneebone explore ideas raised by her work reflected in the…

Fri 6 Oct

Free / 020 7841 3600

  • 18:00

Independent Women: Courtesans & Prostitutes In The Georgian Era

In this talk, Hallie Rubenhold sheds new light on the exploitation and abuse of women which transformed the work of artist Joseph Highmore in the 1740s. A critically-acclaimed author, social historian, broadcaster and historical consultant for TV and film, she has written two works of non-fiction; Lady Worsley's Whim…

Sat 21 Oct

£5 (£3) / 020 7841 3600

  • 15:00

Life-Size Dolls' Clothes

In this family workshop, make your own paper dolls' dress in the style of the eighteenth-century paper dolls on display in our exhibition Basic Instincts. Have your photograph taken wearing your dress and with the use of digital technology see yourself in Joseph Highmore's paintings. Sign up on the day. Suitable for age 5+.

Wed 25 Oct

Free / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:30 – 12:00
  • 13:00 – 14:30
  • 15:00 – 16:30

Lost for Words

Join a poetry workshop inspired by the notes mothers left with their babies at the Foundling Hospital. Literary historian Dr Emma Newport introduces the rhymed notes of the Foundling Hospital billet books, written by mothers who gave up their children to the care of the Hospital. Billet books are bound ledgers of the…

Sun 19 Nov

Free / 020 7841 3600

  • 13:00 – 16:00

Lucky Button Day: Art Workshops

As part of Lucky Button Day, drop in to our art workshops inspired by Michael Morpurgo's new book. In these free creative workshops, make your own musical instrument, inspired by Michael Morpurgo's new book. Lucky Button (published 2 November 2017) tells the story of a lonely boy struggling to cope with school bullies and…

Sun 3 Dec

Free-£11 / 020 7841 3600

  • 11:00 – 16:30

Lucky Button Day: Book Reading With Michael Morpurgo

Join children's author Michael Morpurgo for a reading from his new book Lucky Button, inspired by the Foundling Hospital, and enjoy music featured in the story. From the author of War Horse comes Lucky Button (published 2 November 2017), the story of a lonely boy struggling to cope with school bullies and caring for his…

Sun 3 Dec

£10 (£7) / 020 7841 3600

  • 14:00

Majestic Georgian Angel Wings

Inspired by the angel in Joseph Highmore's painting The Angel of Mercy on display at the Museum, create a pair of Georgian-style angel wings using feathers and collage. Sign up on the day. Suitable for age 5+.

Tue 24 Oct

Free / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:30 – 12:00
  • 13:00 – 14:30
  • 15:00 – 16:30

Music & The Speech Of Angels

Soprano Louise Kemeny and pianist Edward Liddall explore the musical depictions of angels. Taking inspiration from the angels in the paintings of Joseph Highmore, this concert explores the endless fascination with angelic characters by poets and musicians across the centuries. Their programme ranges from the power and…

Fri 24 Nov

£14 (£12) / 020 7841 3600

  • 19:00

Picturing Hetty Feather

A new family-friendly exhibition exploring how Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s much-loved character Hetty Feather has brought the history of London’s Foundling Hospital to life.

Thu 24 Aug

£3–£11.25 (£3–£8.50; Children free) / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Fri 25 Aug

£3–£11.25 (£3–£8.50; Children free) / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sat 26 Aug

£3–£11.25 (£3–£8.50; Children free) / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 7 more dates until 3 Sep

Raft Of The Medusa

We display a series of five previously unseen sculptures by acclaimed artist Rachel Kneebone, providing a resonant counterpoint to our exhibition Basic Instincts. Rachel Kneebone is a British artist whose intricate works address and question the human condition. This Autumn a series of five porcelain sculptures will be…

Fri 29 Sep

£11 (£8.25) / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sat 30 Sep

£11 (£8.25) / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 1 Oct

£11 (£8.25) / 020 7841 3600

  • 11:00 – 17:00
…and 84 more dates until 7 Jan 2018

Token Messages

Create your own token for a loved one in this free family workshop. Discover the poignant stories behind the tokens left with babies brought to the Foundling Hospital in this token-making workshop. Using clay, create your own token and engrave it with a personal message. Sign up on the day. Suitable for age 5+.

Fri 27 Oct

Free / 020 7841 3600

  • 10:30 – 12:00
  • 13:00 – 14:30
  • 15:00 – 16:30

Young Artists' Platform: Handel's Heroes & Heroines

Soprano Josephine Goddard performs arias from some of Handel's best-loved operas, including Giulio Cesar, Rodelinda and Xerxes. She is joined by pianist Chad Vindin.

Thu 7 Sep

Free / 020 7841 3600

  • 13:00

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