Every month we post a challenge for our fantastic transcribers to get stuck into.

July challenge

Help us find the petition for John Brownlow!

John Brownlow was a Foundling with a unique story. John become Secretary of the Foundling Hospital, wrote several books and made the case for improvements to institutions like the Foundling Hospital. You can read all about him here: John Brownlow’s story

We have a special mission for you…

The petition letter from John Brownlow’s mother has not been found. John’s mother was called Mary Goodacre and she petitioned for him to be admitted in 1800.

It’s not where it should be. Can you find the letter? 

If you come across this name while transcribing the letters, leave a comment on our special message board here

Or send us an email to VoicesThroughTime@Coram.org.uk