The audio interviews and their accompanying transcripts are stored at the London Metropolitan Archives, where they can be accessed by members of the public.
Most interviews are between two and four hours long. They follow a life story format, covering people’s early lives spent with foster families in the countryside, the years they spent living in the Foundling Hospital from the age of 5–14 and the experience of leaving the Hospital and making their way in the world. Later experiences including meeting partners, starting families and the searches that people made for their birth families are also covered.
…as we got into the school gates I said: ‘I will be able to come home tonight, won’t I?’ And as we got off the coach the boys were shepherded one way, the girls the other. And she said: ‘Be a good girl’ and she kissed me and she was gone. – Ruth, who went to the Foundling Hospital School in Berkhamsted in 1942