Help the Foundling Museum put their first female champions back in the picture

Caro Howell at The Foundling Museum, London

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£27,320 raised
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Funded 5 March 2018

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In 1739, Thomas Coram finally received a Royal Charter from the King to set up the Foundling Hospital, which took in vulnerable babies at risk of abandonment and possible death. He had been campaigning for 17 years, but it wasn’t until a group of forward-thinking women – the ‘ladies of quality & distinction’ - supported his cause that he finally succeeded. Their support helped establish the UK’s first children’s charity, saving the lives of thousands of children.

For nearly 300 years these remarkable women have remained a footnote in the Hospital’s story. In the centenary of female suffrage, we think it’s time this changed.

This autumn, we want to take down the portraits of the male governors who dominate our Picture Gallery and rehang it with paintings of the 21 ladies of quality and distinction. Portraits of these brilliant women are scattered across the UK and we need your help to raise £20,000 to bring them to the Museum so they can be reunited on the site of the Foundling Hospital they helped create.

Please help us shine a light on these forgotten women and celebrate their wonderful contribution to the Foundling Hospital story.

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Five reasons to help us put our female champions back in the picture

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Interview with curator Kathleen Palmer

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Artist profile: Matthew the Horse

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Six key facts about the 'ladies of quality and distinction'

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Profile of a duchess

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One week to go!

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Interview with researcher Elizabeth Einberg

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Ladies of Quality exceeds its goal of £20,000

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Thank you for getting us to 186%

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Rewards update

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Behind the scenes

Collections manager Alison Duke recounts a recent visit to Westminster College in Cambridge to see one of the many portraits that will make up the exhibition... Read more

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New research uncovered

New research for Ladies of Quality & Distinction reveals that it was not only the destitute who suffered child loss, but also those at the very pinnacle of society... Read more

Countdown to opening

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Opening day is here

Ladies of Quality & Distinction is now open... Read more

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Paul, MACCLESFIELD

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Great news about the funding!

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