A new documentary film exploring the stories of children who lived in The Foundling Hospital, England’s first home for children, will be screened as part of this year’s Bloomsbury Festival, at children’s charity Coram on 19 October.
The film, No Place Like Home: The Story of the Foundling Hospital, has been created by production company Northern Town, as part of Coram’s five-year programme ‘Voices Through Time: The Story of Care’, made possible by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It reveals fascinating details of the lives of some of the 27,000 children who grew up at the Foundling Hospital between 1741 and 1954, exploring what led to their admission, what their daily life was like, the education they received, and their lives beyond the Hospital. Foundling pupils who forged successful careers in music and art, fought in battle, and inspired one of the characters in Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, are just some of the rich stories uncovered.
No Place Like Home: The Story of the Foundling Hospital will be screened at Coram’s offices on 19 October, as part of Bloomsbury Festival 2023. The free screening will take place at Coram Campus, 41 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ, at 5.30-6.30pm on 19 October.