Foundling Hospital, Brunswick Sq. 2.30pm on Wednesday 13 November.
We have arranged a double headed visit to the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, five minutes walk from Russell Sq. underground. The Museum derives from the Foundling Hospital, founded in 1739, which cared for babies at risk of abandonment.
The Museum founded by Thomas Coram has a great history and a most interesting collection including paintings by its early supporters including Hogarth, Gainsborough and Reynolds. We shall learn about the development of social attitudes to women since its founding. Alongside this, we shall see the special music exhibition based on Handel’s legacy to the Museum includ-ing the original of The Messiah.
The plan is to be in two groups with the Museum’s head guide for the art and artefacts while others start with the music exhibition. With luck we shall gain an insight into both historic and current links to our College.
The Museum closes at 5.00pm so that we can move to The Lamb in Lamb’s Conduit St. and then on to dinner at CiaoBella a couple of doors away at 6.15pm.
The cost for the Museum is £25 per person, ( or £15 for Art Fund members).
The Museum has a Coram Cafe next door for those wishing to eat beforehand.