A big thank you to all our donors so far

Your support is helping us to give a voice to the few mothers who managed to get their babies into the Foundling Hospital, and the many more who didn’t, whose stories have been hidden from history for over a century.

From a range of some great rewards, the most popular so far is the striking, bespoke tote bag featuring a detail from Lemn Sissay’s mural Superman was a Foundling, 2014, which can be seen in the Museum’s Café.

From the moment Superman was a Foundling was installed it captured visitors’ imagination. Sissay’s work explores the different statuses given to fostered, adopted, orphaned and foundling children in fiction and in reality. Characters range across cultures; from 18th-century literature and fairy tales, to science fiction and film. The mural also provides an interesting counterpart to our forthcoming exhibition and its exploration of the role of art and popular culture in mythologizing the Victorian idea of the ‘fallen’ woman.

We are delighted to have reached 12% of our target already. However, we still have a way to go to reach our £23,000 target. So please keep pledging and sharing our project with your friends – we have a range of exciting rewards on offer including an exclusive pendant, a private dinner and a limited edition Richard Wentworth print. Any donation, whatever the size, takes us a step closer to being able to take these mothers’ extraordinary, fascinating and haunting stories out of the archives and bring them to life.

We will keep you posted on our progress. Let’s make The Fallen Woman happen this autumn!

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