You will have seen from our update on Monday that our Art Happens campaign exceeded the target of £20,000. I am delighted to report that our final total was £37,320. This is a full 86% over our target, and more than we could ever have hoped for.
Support for Ladies of Quality & Distinction has been truly overwhelming. As well as fulfilling our original ambition to cover the costs of tracking down and transporting the portraits to our Bloomsbury site, these extra funds mean we can now look into the history of the hundreds of other women who worked in the Foundling Hospital during its 200 years of operation. Your generosity means we can realise this exhibition to its full potential and tell stories that would otherwise have remained forgotten.
For those of you who chose a reward, these will go into production soon and we will keep you updated about when you will be receiving them. We hope you will all be able to visit the exhibition once it is open – it will run from 21 September 2018 – 20 January 2019 – to see the women of the Foundling Hospital acknowledged and celebrated.
From everyone at the Foundling Museum, a huge thank you for your support. Your donation has truly made a difference and we are so grateful.