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Handel's philanthropy at the Foundling Museum
Published: Monday 26th of January 2009
George Frideric Handel's fame as a composer is widespread but one London museum is celebrating the 250th anniversary of his death for another reason - his philanthropy.
The Foundling Museum in London is dedicated to the history of the Foundling Hospital, which was the first abandoned children's home in the capital.
It also pays tribute to three people: its founder Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and Handel.
Until June 28th a special exhibition on Handel will be on show at the London museum, discussing how he often performed his magnum opus Messiah to raise money to help the hospital.
Some of the items on show will include Handel's will, in which he made the hospital a beneficiary, along with a copy of Messiah that he left to the hospital.
Exhibits will come from such collections as the British Library, the Royal College of Music and the National Portrait Gallery.
Visitors to the Foundling Museum can save themselves £5 on admission with a London Pass.
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