Foundling Voices

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  1. Huncamunca

    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    The Foundling Hospital in London, founded by Thomas Coram, later moved to Redhill and then Berkhamsted. An oral history project has collected reminiscences of some of those who grew up in the care of the hospital between 1912 and 1954.

    Extracts from some of the audio recordings, with some photographs, film footage and background history, can be found here:

    http://
    foundlingvoices.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/
     
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    I am sure a lot of you will be aware of the Foundling Hospital in London. It is a fascinating place to visit and they still carry on good works today. Recently they have been asking for people to help them on a four year project. They are digitalising their archives and want help, so if anyone has a few minutes to spare it could be a very worthwhile venture and a bit sad too.

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    https://coramstory.org.uk/welcome-to-voices-through-time-the-story-of-care/
    Through this project, which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, they are digitising approximately 111,000 images from the archive, covering the years 1741-1908. This represents a quarter of the total Foundling Hospital archive collection. Once transcribed, the digitised records will be made available free to access on a dedicated Coram Story of Care website.

    You only get a page at a time to work on so it isn't too demanding.

    It will give you an amazing picture of the Foundling Hospital and the life of the children who were cared for there.
     
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    An interesting read is " The Last Foundling" by Tom H MacKenzie. Life in the London Foundling hospital was not ideal. The book is about how he ended up there, his life there and his life after. One interesting fact is that although his birth mother sent him gifts he never received them.
     
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    I will read this thank you Sue
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    I read of similar but having tried cannot remember the book. Too many similar vein.
     
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    Keep your hankie handy! I hope you can find it.
     
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