Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital

Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital

by Emily Viterese, Assistant Dramaturg

Captain Thomas Coram born in 1668 was the founder of the Foundling Hospital located in London. Before he retired to his home in London with his wife he was the master of a trading vessel between England and Massachusetts. He would frequently travel into the city on business and saw hundreds of dead or dying abandoned children in the streets. After 17 years of fund raising and raising awareness King George II signed a Royal Charter which kick started Coram’s dream in 1739. The first hospital was opened in 1741 in Hatton Garden.

Wedd, Kit. The Foundling Museum. Foundling Museum, 2009. Print.


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