What's On

Dressing for the Pleasure Gardens

Dressing for the Pleasure Gardens

08 June 2012, 18:00 - 20:30

This talk will focus on the key styles worn during each of the Pleasure Gardens eras, primarily those of Pepys’, Hogarth’s, Austen and Whistler’s day. The exhibition will be open for the duration of the evening.

Balloons and Bombshells - The Science Behind the Spectacle of Vauxhall Gardens

Balloons and Bombshells - The Science Behind the Spectacle of Vauxhall Gardens

01 June 2012, 18:00 - 20:30

From lighting to fireworks to balloon voyages and extravagant theatre sets, science was used, displayed, and practiced at Vauxhall Gardens, creating a wonderland of spectacle. This draws on contemporary reports and images to explore science's long association with the Gardens and their celebrated visitors.

Handel: Fireworks and Frolics by The Amadè Players

Handel: Fireworks and Frolics by The Amadè Players

23 May 2012, 18:00 - 21:00

Celebrating Vauxhall Gardens, this concert will include Handel’s famous Music for the Royal Fireworks, originally performed at Vauxhall Gardens in 1749 to celebrate the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, and repeated four weeks later at the Foundling Hospital.

Summer Exhibition: The Triumph of Pleasure, Vauxhall Gardens 1729 - 1786

Summer Exhibition: The Triumph of Pleasure, Vauxhall Gardens 1729 - 1786

11 May 2012 - 09 September 2012

This summer the Foundling Museum celebrates Vauxhall Gardens with the biggest UK exhibition on the Gardens in over forty years.

Dickens and the Foundling

Dickens and the Foundling

11 May 2012 - 28 October 2012

Dickens & the Foundling is a fascinating new display that explores the relationship between Charles Dickens and the Foundling Hospital. Six contributors, including actress Gillian Anderson and writer Armando Iannucci, have selected objects for display.

Summer Cafe Exhibition: Personas through Pictures

Summer Cafe Exhibition: Personas through Pictures

11 May 2012 - 09 September 2012

As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad the Foundling Museum has been working with young people from Westminster Leaving Care team to explore ideas of identity through objects and portraits.

Trail: Adventures in Vauxhall Gardens

Trail: Adventures in Vauxhall Gardens

10 May 2012 - 09 September 2012

Younger visitors to the Museum can explore the themes of our current exhibition with a free activity trail, Adventures in Vauxhall Gardens, by illustrator Nina Cosford

The Healing Presence of Art: A History of Western Art in Hospitals

The Healing Presence of Art: A History of Western Art in Hospitals

21 April 2012, 14:00 - 15:00

Join award-winning art critic and historian, Richard Cork as he discusses his recent publication The Healing Presence of Art: A History of Western Art in Hospitals. Exploring artworks from the early Renaissance to modern periods, this talk also features the history of the Foundling Hospital art collection.

Tokens for the Foundlings: Poetry Reading

Tokens for the Foundlings: Poetry Reading

14 April 2012, 14:00 - 15:00

Join us for a poetry reading and help us celebrate the launch of the Foundling Museum’s new poetry anthology, Tokens for the Foundlings.

Back to Front Weekend by Yinka Shonibare

Back to Front Weekend by Yinka Shonibare

31 March 2012 - 01 April 2012, 11:00 - 16:00

Join the Foundling Museum for an exclusive weekend when children and young people from across London will take over and run the Museum, which will be transformed into an 18th century fair for two days!