First Amongst Equals

The Foundling Museum

16 January 2018 – 13 January 2019

The Foundling Museum presents a fascinating collection of objects spanning 300 years, chosen by women who have achieved firsts in their professional lives.

Detail of Thomas Rowlandson, Vauxhall, 1785

Contributors have selected objects which resonate with them from the museum’s collection, creating an exhibition that explores past and present and the ongoing struggle for gender equality. Starting in January, items will gradually go on display throughout 2018.

Participants include Maria Balshaw (first female director of Tate), Moira Cameron (first female ‘Beefeater’, Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London), Baroness Hale of Richmond (first female president of the Supreme Court), Francesca Hayward (first black female principal dancer at the Royal Ballet), Carris Jones (first female chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral), Joanne Moore (first female tailor to have a men’s tailoring business on Savile Row) and Frances O’Grady (first female general secretary of the Trades Union Congress).

Look out for the purple labels throughout the museum to discover the chosen objects.

Venue information

Opening times

Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 11am – 5pm

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)