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Explore Georgian Bloomsbury with the Foundling Museum

Published: Friday 1st of August 2008

On August 24th, the Foundling Museum in London will be hosting a guided walk around the historic district of Bloomsbury.

Throughout the 18th-century, the area was a fashionable residential area based around the estate of the Dukes of Bedford.

Notable public buildings, such as the British Museum, were added to the elegant Georgian squares.

As with many contemporary gentrified cities, the affluent residents of London lived in close proximity to areas riddled with poverty.

At the time, the problem of abandoned babies was rife. It was though the inspired work of Thomas Coram that the Foundling Museum was established to help tackle the issue.

Historian Ian Bevin will be leading the walk and providing historical insight.

The walks take place between 14:00 and 16:00. Advanced booking is required.

In the meantime, London Pass holders can receive entry to the Foundling Museum and learn more about the pioneering, altruistic work of the hospital.

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