We are pleased to invite you to the first in-person Coram Society event of 2024, part of the ‘Tea and Talk’ series which encourages conversation and community in Coram’s engagement with the past.

We are excited to be joined by Kristen Renzi, Associate Professor of English at Xavier University, who is on a research sabbatical in London, working in Coram’s Foundling Hospital Archive. To mark Women’s History Month, she will be discussing the women whose experience navigating pregnancy and motherhood brought them into contact with the Foundling Hospital. We will discuss the particular challenges and inequities they faced in their experience of pregnancy in 19th century London and how we can access and explore these through Coram’s Foundling Hospital Archive.

Kristen will be in discussion with Carol Harris, a writer and speaker who produces content for talks, exhibitions, and events on the history of the charity as Coram’s historian. Carol will be discussing the earliest days of the Foundling Hospital and how, at different times, the charity reflected and rejected prevailing attitudes to unmarried mothers.

Guests are invited to arrive from 4:30pm for a hot drink and some informal conversation. The historical discussion will begin at 5pm and be followed by an opportunity for questions and more conversations afterwards.  The event will finish at 6pm.

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