See Hetty Feather at The Foundling Museum

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From May 26 until 3 September 2017, The Foundling Museum will host an exhibition devoted to Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather and the Foundling Hospital.

Since the first book was published in 2008, Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather series has delighted young audiences with the adventures of the spirited Victorian foundling Hetty Feather.

Picturing Hetty Feather is a new family-friendly exhibition, exploring how Hetty has brought the history of The Foundling Hospital to life on page, stage and screen.

Visitors can discover the world of Hetty Feather through television props, rarely-seen archival items and hands-on fun including creative writing workshops, arts and crafts, filmmaking, doll making, dressmaking, drama and other interactive activities.

Children will also be able to learn more about the world of Hetty Feather through television props, rarely seen archival items and hands-on activities. They’ll also get to try on costumes made for the CBBC production, and try their hand at script writing by creating their own Foundling Hospital character.

Find out more at

The Foundling Museum | 40 Brunswick Square | London WC1N 1AZ

Picturing Hetty Feather at The Foundling Museum: May 26 - 3 September 2017

The Foundling Museum is open

  • Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
  • Closed on Mondays


  • £8.25 adults
  • £5.50 concessions (inc Gift Aid)
  • Free for children, Foundling Friends and National Art Pass holders.
  • There’s an additional nominal charge for adults visiting Picturing Hetty Feather (free for children and Foundling Friends)

About The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery, and through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years.

The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram, as ‘a hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children’. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth, who encouraged leading artists of the day to donate work, and the composer George Frederic Handel, who gave annual benefit concerts of his Messiah. In doing so, they created London’s first public art gallery and set the template for the way in which the arts can support philanthropy.

Nearby Coram's Fields is a seven-acre park with swings, slides, sandpits and an unusual restriction – entry is not permitted if you don’t have a child with you. Bikes and dogs are also forbidden. The ultimate in child-friendliness.