Robin and Albany discuss the making of the book
Making the book
Aimed at 7-11 year olds, the book was created and designed by Robin Ollington and illustrated with original watercolour drawings by Albany Wiseman. Robin and Albany have worked in partnership for over 50 years, publishing a number of children’s books.
It tells of how, shocked at the sight of abandoned babies in the streets of London in the early 18th century, Thomas Coram campaigned tirelessly for 17 years to establish his charity, then known as the Foundling Hospital, the first home for babies whose mothers were unable to care for them.
With colourful illustrations, the book explains how Coram’s work attracted the support of Hogarth, Handel and other leading musicians and artists of the day and how Coram continued to campaign throughout his lifetime, championing the welfare, education and rights of vulnerable children.