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The Secret Staircase at the Foundling Museum

Published: Tuesday 10th of June 2008

Until June 14th, visitors to the Foundling Museum in London's Brunswick Square can catch The Secret Staircase, a special exhibition involving artist Caroline Isgar and writer Michele Roberts.

The artistic collaboration between the two is inspired by the tokens at the museum and seeks to explore the abandonment, loss and grief experienced by a grown-up daughter as her mother is dying.

The resulting artists' book includes a sequence of rewritten nursery rhymes and a woodcut block which takes its inspiration from the refectory tables in the Foundling Hospital. The book is exhibited with the wood block, along with the original artwork and the text.

The Foundling Museum retells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the capital's first home for abandoned children, which was established by the philanthropist Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel.

Among the exhibits are a remarkable collection of art, period interiors and social history which are all housed in a restored and refurbished building adjacent to the original site of the Hospital - demolished in 1926.

London Pass holders can receive free entry to the Foundling Museum.

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