10th Birthday Weekend

14 June 2014 - 15 June 2014, 10:00 - 17:00

The Foundling Museum is 10 years old this year! Everyone is invited to our birthday party, with free entry all weekend and a range of activities and performances for visitors of all ages. Birthday treats include cake, balloons, fun family activities throughout the Museum, and a summertime street party. Come and listen to music, help decorate the Museum, and enjoy a slice of birthday cake!

Free entry all weekend 

Free activities for all ages


Street Party

All Weekend, outside the Museum. 

Festivities include:


Giant street games

Decorate your own gingerbread Foundling girl or boy

Dress up like Coram, Hetty Feather, a soldier or even the King! 


Family Activities 


Collaborative birthday bunting

All Weekend, outside the Museum

Make us some birthday bunting, see it go up around the museum, and earn yourself a slice of birthday cake!


March of the Guards Grenadier Hats

All Saturday, in the Court Room

Work with artist Shelly Wain to create your own Grenadier’s hat inspired by the painting March of the Guards to Finchley by William Hogarth. Check out the painting hanging in the Museum’s Committee Room.

Secret Tokens

All Sunday, in the Creative Studio

The Foundling Hospital tokens contain thousands of secret stories from the mothers who left their children at the Hospital. Working with artist Davina Drummond families are invited to design their own token and stamp a message to put secretly inside.


And to top it all off:

Thomas Coram himself has travelled through time and will be with us all weekend!



In the stunning Picture Gallery all weekend:

Saturday: Foundling Classics

Hear some of the musicians who have performed at our Handel-inspired, classical concerts over the last seven years. 


Saturday 14 June

10:00 - 10:45  Richard Hetherington and Clare McCaldin

Clare McCaldin and Richard Hetherington first met through their work at the Royal Opera and gave the premiere performance of Haydn's London Ladies at the Foundling Museum in 2013.


11:00 – 11:45 Musicke in the Ayre 

Musicke in the Ayre is an evolving circle of singers and instrumentalists who share a love of the lute ayre and its variants from across 16th/17th-century Europe; they have presented engaging, entertaining and even educational programmes to enthusiastic audiences across the UK, and in France and Spain.


12:45 – 13:15 Maria Razumovskaya

Pianist, Maria Razumovskaya, is a Doctoral scholar at the Royal College of Music in London where her studies, supervised by Dr Natasha Loges, Professor Dmitri Alexeev, Dr Amanda Glauert and Professor Geoffrey Norris, are generously supported by an AHRC scholarship and a Lucy Ann Jones Award.


14:30 – 15:15 James Brawn 


16:15 – 17:00 Yllka Istrefi

Yllka Istrefi is a Kosovan pianist, living in the UK since 2001. She has studied at the Royal College of Music in London and has performed throughout the world. She has just come back from Kosovo where she has performed Saint-Saens' second piano concerto with the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra at the closing night of the Chopin Festival.



Sunday: Folk at the Foundling Favourites

Chill out to some choice cuts of folk music, to mark the resounding success of our first year of Folk at the Foundling.


Sunday 15 June


12:00 – 12:45 Daniel Merrill

Daniel Merrill is one third of the Dead Rat Orchestra, one of the most challenging and beguiling contemporary folk ensembles in the UK. His solo performances explore his unique approach to the violin and have seen him traveling Europe, and the Middle East exploring the instrument’s chameleon like ability to adapt into different global and national cultures. The Dead Rat Orchestra perform a new work, Rough Music, incorporating performances on set of tuned bespoke bronze meat cleavers at the Foundling Museum on Tuesday 1 July.


13:00 – 13:45 C Joynes

C Joynes has played across the UK and Europe, sharing bills with performers as varied as Shirley Collins, Alasdair Roberts, Sir Richard Bishop and A Hawk and A Hacksaw. Chris’ playing style is both steeped in tradition and highly inventive which is why you’ll find his most recent album Congo enthusiastically reviewed in publications like the Wire. His album with Stephanie Hladowski, The Wild Wild Berry, was Editor’s Choice in fRoot’s Albums of 2013. Hladowski & Joynes were the first ever performers at our series, Folk at the Foundling.


14:00 - 14:45 Lisa Knapp

South London’s Lisa Knapp emerged in 2007 with a remarkable debut and released her latest album The Hidden Seam last year to great acclaim; she was awarded Best Original Song for Two Ravens as well as being shortlisted for Best Album and Singer of the Year at the 2014 Radio 2 Folk Awards. She merges a radiant style of traditional folk and self-penned song, with fiddle, hammer dulcimer, strings, banjo and sonic delights from the technological age.


15:00 – 15:45 Askew Sisters

 Emily and Hazel Askew are a young duo making waves on the folk scene with their energetic brand of English folk music. Using fiddle and melodeon, they play and sing with an infectious enjoyment and love for the music, winning them fans wherever they go. They've spent the last few years playing at venues across the country, from top festivals and folk clubs to London's National Theatre and National Portrait Gallery. 2010 saw the release of their second album Through Lonesome Woods to critical acclaim, and Hazel won Best Female Singer at the 2011 Spiral Earth Awards. Their new album In the Air or the Earth is at turns dark and jolly and one of our favourite albums so far this year. Hazel’s other musical project, Lady Maisery, will be performing at the Foundling Museum on 14 November.


16:00 – 16:45 Nick Hart and Tom Moore

Nick Hart and Tom Moore are frequent performers at one of our favourite local pubs, The Harrison, and are both involved in a variety of really interesting musical projects. Tom also plays violin with Norwich-based Klezmer band Moriah as well as the fabulous folk trio Moore Moss Rutter. Nick Hart has his finger in just as many pies, frequently performing with London’s Ceilidh Liberation Front, as the accompanist for the Belles of London (London’s all female Morris dance troupe!), and with many varied projects with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, schools and other cultural institutions.


Thanks go to

Kirsten White, www.limeevents.co.uk


H G Walter

Suzie Edwards


The weekend of our 10th Birthday coincides with Open Garden Squares Weekend. This weekend-long event gives you the opportunity to gain access into squares and gardens that are usually kept under lock and key, such as Mecklenburgh Square, which is local to the Foundling Museum. Gardens range from the historic and traditional to the new and experimental, and can be discovered across 25 London boroughs. There will be activities taking place in Brunswick Square, and Open Garden Square ticketholders will receive a discount in the Museum café.

One ticket allows you to choose from numerous gardens on both Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June 2014. Visit www.opensquares.org for more information and to purchase tickets.


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