Artist Led School Workshops

The Foundling Museum has a series of bookable artist-led workshops available for schools. Students work with an artist educator and engage with the history of the Foundling Hospital through discussion, art, language and ideas and encourage a creative learning environment around history and art and design.

For £90 per session we provide the artist, the teaching and the materials in the workshop art box. Each session lasts up to two hours, with the opportunity for students to explore each room of the Foundling Museum in a unique learning experience.

Booking Information:

Maximum 30 students per group

Duration 1-2 hours

Available Tuesday - Friday in two bookable sessions. Session 1: 10-12 Session 2: 12-14:00

£90 per session (equivalent of £3 per child per 30 students), teachers go free

Lunch room available on request

Workshops must be booked in advance on a first come first serve basis. To book a workshop please contact Elizabeth Lee on 020 7841 3595 or email

For larger groups of up to 60 our neighbours at the Charles Dickens Museum (Dickens’s only remaining London home) are often able to accommodate half of your group for a taught visit before swapping over at lunch time. Please see their website for details or email: to enquire about availability.

Please download a risk assessment form here.

Artist Led Workshops at the Foundling Museum:

Foundlings at War: World War I


Foundlings at War is a major research project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund consisting of four in-focus displays in our Introductory Gallery over the next two years. Marking the centenary of the start of World War I, the current display considers the effect of the Great War on the Foundling Hospital, revealing for the first time the stories of both the foundlings that fought, and the mothers who were forced to leave their children at the Hospital. Take part in an uniquely-tailored artist-led workshop and use art, discussion and debate to create a memorable experience in support of your course topics through our Collection and the many stories it holds.


The Foundling Museum and the Story of the Gift of Art

This gallery based workshop is led by contemporary practicing artists. Students will engage with the story of the Foundling Hospital through critical thinking, looking, debate and practical art activities. They will explore the history of social care past and present through dialogue with the Foundling Museum’s art collection.

Images: Baby things [Mitten], 2008, patinated bronze © Tracey Emin

Famous People and the Foundling Hospital

Explore the history of the Foundling Hospital through discussion, debate and practical activities by comparing the lives of Thomas Coram, William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel. See how they changed the Foundling Hospital and look at how modern day celebrities work with charities.

Click here to download the resource in PDF format


The Foundling Museum and Contemporary Artists

This gallery based workshop explores the links the Foundling Museum has with contemporary art and artists. It focuses on four key aspects around four contemporary artists Clare Twomey, Jeremy Deller, Richard Wentworth and Grayson Perry and makes links to the Foundling Museum.

Images: Still from The Battle of Orgrave, 17 June 2001 © Jeremy Deller and detail from The March of the Guards to Finchley, 1749-50, by William Hogarth (1697-1764) © Foundling Museum


The Victorian Foundling Hospital

This gallery based workshop explores the history of the Foundling Hospital throughout the Victorian era through practical activities, discussion and debate. 

Images: Girls in Schoolroom at the London Foundling Hospital © Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum; Hanging bunting at an Artist-led Workshop © The Foundling Museum