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This month, you have transcribed thousands of pages of Foundling Hospital records!

The current transcription tasks are for the Nursery Books, which cover the period 1756-1760. Once a child had been admitted, they would be baptised in the Foundling Hospital chapel. They were then sent out to live and be looked after by nurses living outside of London, until the age of four or five. The Nursery Books are starting to give us a picture of the variety of locations that the children were sent to, and lived at, for the early years of their lives. We are really pleased to say that we are now 75% of the way through transcribing the Nursery Books!


We are also transcribing the Inspection Books, covering the period 1749-1764. The Foundling Hospital set up a network of voluntary inspectors who would visit the nurses and the children they were looking after, to make sure they were caring for the child as they should. There are two volumes of Inspection Books and you have already transcribed a third of these in the last weeks, which is marvellous.

These records are giving us a picture of the children’s early lives, providing us with a foundation on which to discover more about them as they went through the Foundling Hospital.

– Molly, Volunteer Coordinator 

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Statistics for transcribing June 2021

* Each page is completed once it has been transcribed three separate times. It’s then compiled together into a final transcription, to ensure best quality.