April 2021 saw the first Care Experienced History Month recognising and commemorating the lives of care-experienced people. To celebrate the event, our Story of Care Ambassadors were each given an item from our rich archives that was personal to them and tasked with creating a new piece of work  based on it.  They documented the making process to share on social media.

You can watch Mariam speak the poem she created below.

Mariam’s poem

The archive item that prompted Mariam to compose her poem was the painting The Christening by Emma Brownlow which depicts a Foundling being baptised and receiving a new name.

The Christening

Emma Brownlow, The Christening, 1863, © Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

Emma Brownlow, The Christening, 1863, © Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

Chris’ project The Numbers We’re Stuck With

Through The Numbers We’re Stuck With, Chris investigates why those in care are attributed numbers. Through a series of interviews he will discover what numbers mean for our identities and why society is dependent on recording people as numbers.

The archive item that inspired Chris was a page from the Foundling Hospital records showing details of the lives and deaths of foundling pupils.

Find out more about our Story of Care Ambassador programme