Celebrating Thomas Coram’s life

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    Citizenship resource

    Are you a teacher, or do you work in a school?

    Our Captain Coram Citizenship resource is designed to link with National Curriculum subjects History, Art and English. It is aligned with PSHE & Citizenship education and fulfils Ofsted’s requirements for spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.

    The resource tells the story of Thomas Coram, the sea captain turned philanthropist, and his vision to improve the life chances of children in the 18th Century and beyond.

    The pack is aimed at children aged 9-11 and includes everything that’s needed for a stimulating, thought-provoking topic.

    It comprises a series of six lessons, or you can tailor it to your exact needs to form the basis for a larger, cross-curricular topic.

    Useful links

    Download our Captain Coram Citizenship resource flyer

    Find out more about SCARF at Coram Life Education

    Our campaign to share the Thomas Coram story

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    Thomas Coram statue

    There is a statue of Thomas Coram on the site of the original Foundling Hospital in London’s Brunswick Square.

    The statue is situated between Coram’s London headquarters, the Foundling Museum and Coram Fields, a playground for children. It is inscribed with the words ‘Pioneer in the Cause of Child Welfare’. The sculptor was William McMillan and it was erected by the governors of the charity in 1963.

    The likeness for the statue is taken from William Hogarth’s famous portait Captain Thomas Coram, which the artist presented to the Foundling Hospital in 1740.

    In 2016, to mark 275 years since the first admission to the Foundling Hospital in 1741, Coram brought the statue to life with a recording by well known actor, writer, theatre director and supporter of Coram’s work Simon Callow CBE.

    Visitors to Brunswick Square Visitors can listen to the recording by swiping a tag on the statue on their smartphones and logging into the Talking Statues website.

    The statue of Thomas Coram outside Coram’s London headquarters