40 Brunswick Square
London, WC1N 1AZ
The Foundling Museum tells the story of London’s Foundling Hospital, established in 1739 by philanthropist Thomas Coram as a home for babies at risk of abandonment. On admission to the Hospital, mothers were asked to leave a token with their baby as a means of identification. Ranging from pieces of embroidery to customised coins and jewellery, these everyday yet highly personal objects now form part of the Museum’s Collection.
Red heart token © Foundling Museum