The Foundling Hospital was founded in 1741 as the first home for abandoned children.
Many real children experienced childhoods similar to Hetty's, growing up in the Foundling Hospital. Thomas Coram started this 'Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Children' in 1739. When the Foundling Hospital placed its remaining children in foster homes in 1954 the charity was renamed and continues today as Coram.
This was the first special children's charity in the UK, and over two and a half centuries it has rescued more that 27,000 babies. It continues today simply as Coram, helping children who are alone or at risk, marginalized in school or without a real home. Coram aims to provide, develop and promote best practice in the care of vulnerable children, young people and their families.
The Foundling Museum was established in 1998 as a charity to care for the Foundling Hospital Collection. Following an extensive fundraising, renovation and rebuilding campaign the Foundling Museum opened in 2004. The present Museum building was constructed in 1937 following the move of the Hospital, and the children under its care, out of London.
You can find out more about Coram by visiting www.coram.org.uk or see for yourself what it was like for children like Hetty by visiting the Foundling Museum in London and at www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk