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History of the Foundling Hospital and Voices Through Time


History of the Foundling Hospital and Voices Through Time: The Story of Care Project

Join us to learn about the history of Thomas Coram's Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first home for children whose mothers were unable to care for them. 

Established in 1741 and continuing right up to the 1950s, when it became the children's charity Coram, the Foundling Hospital kept meticulous records throughout its' existence. This has created a record of the Foundling Hospital and Coram charity that is unbroken from the 1700s up to the present day.


This archive collection contains fascinating records which tell the story of children in care at the Foundling Hospital, through papers, volumes and letters. They include registers showing the names of children taken in, and letters from mothers appealing for their children to be able to live there. Coram charity have received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to digitise and transcribe records from this collection, through the project Voices Through Time: The Story of Care.

We'll learn more about Coram's Foundling Hospital archive and the exciting Voices Through Time project. A short demonstration will also be provided, for those who may be interested in volunteering with the project.


With speakers: Carol Harris and Molly O'Doherty

About the archive and the project:

Coram charity:


Molly O’Doherty is Volunteer Coordinator for Coram charity’s Voices Through Time. Voices Through Time: The Story of Care is a four year programme that is uncovering stories about children at the historic Foundling Hospital.

Molly has been running the transcription project for the programme since 2020. She supports volunteers so they can transcribe, research and write about the Foundling Hospital records and the children in them.


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