“Determined to knock chunks out of the fantasy of the nuclear family” – Waldemar Januszczak, Sunday Times

Featuring works by artists such as Grayson Perry, Joshua Reynolds, Tracey Emin, Chantal Joffe, Paula Rego, Lucian Freud and Alice Neel, this exhibition explores our changing understanding of ‘family’ in the last 50 years and considers what it means today.

Two billet books from Coram’s archive are on loan to the exhibition, showing the record of a boy and a girl admitted to the Foundling Hospital in 1758 and 1759, both with fabric tokens attached.

Some of the themes in the exhibition are ones that Coram addresses in its work with children today (what is family, family transition, dynamics), but also resonate with our archive and ongoing exploration of the story of care through the Voices Through Time programme.

Real Families: Stories of Change‘ is free to visit at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and is open until 7 January 2024.

Find out more about the exhibition