Bloomsbury may be popularly known for its association with grown ups having grown up fun, but the neighbourhood has also played a very important role in the history of childhood, a theme this walking tour will explore, led by Dr Matthew Ingleby (QMUL). From the first children’s in-patient hospital in the UK, to the Foundling hospital, which cared for orphans from the mid-eighteenth century, to the Institute for Education, at the cutting edge of teacher training, Bloomsbury has long been at the forefront of cultural change concerning the treatment and education of children. The area also relatedly, crops up in a number of literary texts that imagine the child in and around Bloomsbury’s streets and squares, excerpts of which will be read, en route.
Meet at the fountain in Russell Square.
FREE – but pre-booking is recommended