We have partnered with the National Trust to bring you this fascinating event. Discover the history of the Foundling Hospital in Westerham through free talks at National Trust Quebec House and see our narrative blanket ‘A Folded Reality’ on display in a four-poster bed.
‘A Folded Reality’ was created as an artistic response to Coram’s history by care experienced young people today. The blanket was produced using the medium of textiles and was inspired by the experiences and routines of children and young people in the Foundling Hospital. It explores the action of ‘folding’, such as the way the billets were folded to hold the tokens for the Foundlings and folding down a bed – as they would have done daily. It is designed to be touched and interacted with, with folded patches which open up to explore the history of care.
The event will also include talks on Westerham, one of the smaller branch hospitals which was established to help cope with the ever-increasing demands for services at the Foundling Hospital. This short talk will share the story of Westerham branch hospital (better known today as Chartwell) and the Foundlings who came through its doors.
The talks are available in March at selected times on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and we recommend tickets are booked in advance via the button below.
‘A Folded Reality’ was created as part of Coram’s Voices Through Time: The Story of Care programme, made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.