On Wednesday 28 April we’ll be delving into our archive for our first ever Transcribathon.

Join us for a one-day adventure into the history of Coram’s Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first home for children whose mothers were unable to care for them.

We have received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to digitise a major portion of our archive, which shows the everyday life of children cared for at the Foundling Hospital. As part of this project we are transcribing the historic papers, letters and volumes in the archive, so they can be made available for free online.

Join us!

On Wednesday 28 April we are inviting you to join us in transcribing (typing up) these historic documents. You can take part from home whenever you like. Do 10 minutes on your lunch break or dip in throughout the day.

We’ll also be running discussions and a talk about the history of the Foundling Hospital (on Zoom).

To register, sign up for a free ticket


9am – 6pm Transcribing time (join in when you fancy)

6pm – End of the day
We’ll share the final figures showing the number of transcriptions we have completed! (On social media and the Talk message board)

Optional drop in sessions

10-10.30am – Welcome session (Zoom)
Introduction to the project, the archive and setting our transcription target for the day!

1-1.45pm – Lunchtime meet up session (Zoom)
A social to meet, introduce ourselves and talk about our experience of transcribing

4-5pm – Talk: The archive records and the Foundling Hospital history (Zoom)
Discussion and Q&A with Coram’s Social Historian Carol Harris and Historical Researcher Janette Bright

Sign up now