We believe that the Foundling Museum is the home of the socially engaged artist and that art can transform lives.

As a museum we are committed to working and building relationships with the local community. Our aim is to match community groups with practicing artists to engage with the story of the Foundling Hospital through the inspiring process of making and critically exploring art. We believe ‘art’ to mean art, music, dance, performance and literature.


We hope that a sustained engagement with art will enable participants to view the world differently and build a lifelong relationship with the Foundling Museum.


Current Projects



Central Saint Martins BA Jewellery Design

Responding to the Foundling Museum Collection and the story of the Foundling Hospital, lecturers and students from Central Saint Martins BA Jewellery Design created a series of new artworks around the subject of jewellery. Their creations express some of the conflicting feelings that the Collection evokes: abandonment and belonging, uniformity and individuality, the loss of identity and the chance for a new life.

This project was made possible by Arts Council England through the Share Academy programme.




Made by children aged between 2 and 13 years on Puffin Ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital, this animation was inspired by the experience of waiting to have major operations and the story of the foundlings waiting to leave the Foundling Hospital. Led by artist Shelly Wain, patients were asked to imagine that the doctor’s surgery was magical. The doctor in the surgery is Dr Richard Mead, the Physician Governor at the Foundling Hospital between 1739 and 1754.

The animation is on display in the Artists' Project space in our Introductory Gallery.

Made in partnership with the GO Create! art programme, at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 


Nursery Project

This project involves working with our closest nursery, the Thomas Coram Nursery.  

This project aims to build relationships with our neighboring local pre-school and their families by fostering a playful and exciting love of art. Thomas Coram nursery children and their families work with artists and musicians from the Foundling Museum to engage with the story of the Foundling Hospital through a series of artist-led workshops.  Through this project we hope to encourage local families to feel welcome and at home at the Foundling Museum.

Images from art workshop inspired by temporary exhibition Exchange by Claire Twomey


Images from Jackie Oates Lullababies Workshop



Ani-me: Hidden Identities

Coram and the Foundling Museum present a unique collaboration inspired by the story of the Foundling Hospital. Led by a Museum artist, a Coram art therapist and an art teacher, young people from Camden Centre for Learning have made objects and animation that explore ideas around identity, attachment and loss. Showing in the Museum is the animation made by the young people during the thirteen week project. 




Rhythm and Poetry

During this project young people from the local community worked with innovative musicians and rappers from BG records and Young Women’s Project and Art is Just a Word to create a rap inspired by the story of the Foundling Hospital. Edited by Lawrence Halstead, the film produced for this project was shown as part of SOUP for 100. 

Click here to view the film.




Central Saint Martins Jewellery Project 

Share Academy & University College London awarded Central Saint Martins (CSM) and the Foundling Museum a grant to work together to explore how jewellery can respond to the Museum's Collection. CSM Jewellery Design (BA) students have been leading tours and jewellery-making workshops in the Museum, inspired by the tokens in our Collection, for secondary school students from across the Borough of Camden.



Bach to Baby

Bach to Baby is an award-winning classical concert series for babies, small children and parents created by renowned pianist (and mum) Miaomiao Yu. Children are free to sing, laugh, dance, play and enjoy the music however they want.

Listening to world class musicians, playing in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum's Picture Gallery is the perfect way for mums to relax, socialise and be still, for a morning. For booking information please see:

And click here to watch a YouTube video of Bach to Baby at the museum!




Great Ormond Street Hospital Project

This project is a collaboration with Go Create at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Inspired by the cockades and tokens that mothers left with their babies when they were admitted to the Foundling Hospital; children at Great Ormond Street Hospital were asked to create a rosette with a message of hope for their future. Led by museum artist Davina Drummond.


For more images from the GOSH project visit our Photobucket library


QR Code Trail: Contemporary Stories of Life in Care

This audio exhibition features the voices of young people (14-21 year old) in care today talking about issues in their life. These stories have been themed and sit alongside the story of the foundlings at the Hospital and explore life in social care past and present. Edited by artist Alex Murphy.

Click here to listen to these audio guides.