Discover how Jacqueline Wilson’s spirited character Hetty Feather was inspired by the Foundling Hospital, and how Hetty in turn has brought the museum’s history to life.

A young Victorian girl who uses imaginative storytelling, or ‘picturing’, to deal with life’s challenges, Hetty Feather was created by children’s author Jacqueline Wilson during a residency at London’s Foundling Hospital in 2008. Now, Hetty herself forms the focal point of an exhibition exploring the ways in which curators, writers, directors and designers have used evidence and factual gaps to bring the history of this 19th-century hospital to life.

Props from the original Hetty Feather TV series and previously unseen artefacts from the Foundling Hospital Collection are among the items that allow visitors to understand the hospital's story, and to imagine – or ‘picture’ – what life was like for the children who lived there. From pulling on a costume from the CBBC show to trying your hand at script writing to create your own Foundling Hospital character, interactive exhibits and activities make the show suitable for all the family.

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