The Foundling Museum with Lars Tharp, and Bloomsbury Walk
Talk and Tour | The Foundling Museum
Thursday 25 September 2014 - 11:30 until 16:00
The Foundling Hospital began in 1739 as Britain’s first home for abandoned children and London’s first public art gallery. The museum, (est 1998) reveals the stories of its founder Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth, the composer George Frideric Handel and the children who lived there. It houses significant collections of 18thC art, interiors, social history and music.
The visit begins with a 1 hour talk by Lars Tharp, introducing the Museum and Hogarth. Lars is well known from the Antiques Road Show and is a past chairman of the Museum’s Board. He has a wealth of knowledge and is a lively and entertaining speaker.
At 2 pm the event continues with a walking tour around Bloomsbury, beginning at the Museum and ending on Tottenham Court Road. Led by a Blue Badge Guide, this takes in local churches, gardens and an art gallery and will reveal stories about many local residents, several of whom are linked to the Hospital.
This event has been organised by the Oxfordshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.