Hetty Feather

She's a fierce, feisty creature but very much one of my heroines.” Dame Jacqueline Wilson

The Foundling Museum’s first Coram Foundling Fellow, Dame Jacqueline is one of the world’s best loved children’s authors. She has written more than 100 books. Hetty Feather is her first historical novel, set at the Foundling Hospital. It tells the story of Hetty, a Foundling Hospital pupil. Two further books, Sapphire Battersea and Emerald Star, follow Hetty as she grows up and leaves the Hospital.  “I thought it would be a bit of a challenge, but I love the period and thought, I'll give it a go.” 

Now Jaqueline Wilson has written a new novel featuring Hetty Feather, Diamond - a character who meets Hetty in Emerald Star, Diamond has, with this latest installment, her own book which follows her and Hetty’s life at the Circus.

The Foundling Museum has celebrated the Hetty Feather trilogy with three Jacqueline Wilson Family Days and the launch of our self-guided interactive Hetty Feather Trail and Diamond Trail in the Museum.  The trails are available from the front desk at the Museum for £1.50 and available to download in the link below.  The trails takes Hetty and Diamond fans around the Museum exploring the collection and Hetty Feather’s life at the Foundling Hospital in a range of art based activities.

Click here to download the Hetty Feather Family Trail

Click here to download Tanglefield's Circus Art Activity






The Foundling Museum is pleased to announce that  Hetty Feather is taking to the stage! The show has been adapted for the stage by award-winning script writer Emma Reeves (CBBC's The Story of Tracy Beaker) and Olivier Award nominated director Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, Cinderella, We're Going on a Bear Hunt). Hetty Feather embarked on a UK and International tour in 2014 visiting London, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Sheffield and Dubai.

We are now pleased to announce that Hetty Feather has moved to the West End! It will be showing at the Vaudeville Theatre from 5 August to 6 September. Get your tickets here: www.nimaxtheatres.com/vaudeville-theatre/hetty_feather

Visit their website for more information: www.hettyfeatherlive.com



Jacqueline Wilson and Hetty Feather have been given their very own Bookbench by Books About Town! It can be found in St Paul's Churchyard, and more information can be found here: http://www.booksabouttown.org.uk/?action=ViewBench&Id=36 


Our latest Hetty Feather Day