A booking has been made for a group of 16 Friends to visit the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, London on Wednesday 2nd November 2016. The visit starts with coffee/tea and biscuits, followed by a guided tour of the Museum which will last until about 12.30pm. Lunch is available at the Museum. At 2.00pm Friends will visit the special exhibition before leaving for Woking at 3.30pm.
The Museum was founded by Thomas Coram in 1739 as a hospital to care for abandoned children. The Coram Foundation still cares for children to this day. The artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel were generous benefactors. As well as being the UK’s first children’s charity it was also the first public art gallery. The collection contains works by major 18th century artists including Joshua Reynolds, William Hogarth and Thomas Gainsborough. As well as the paintings, the Museum has the world’s largest private collection of Handel memorabilia, period furniture and interesting items relating to children’s care over the centuries. Friends will also be able to see a temporary exhibition – Feeding the 400 – which shows the multi-faceted impact that food and regimes of eating had at children at the Hospital from its foundation up to 1950.
A coach will depart from Goldsworth Park Recreation Ground Car Park at 9.15am. As noted above, the visit is limited to 16 Friends and booking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please leave a contact telephone number and one for next-of-kin when booking.
Wednesday 2 November 2016, 9.15am
£40 per person
Bookings for this outing have now closed.