The Drooping Buds of Bloomsbury

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On this guided walk through the heart of Bloomsbury’s historic squares and Georgian terraces explore children’s representation – both as it has evolved and was portrayed historically, through charities, schools and healthcare, and as currently championed and perceived today through the work of several Bloomsbury institutions. The title of the walk draws upon two descriptions by Dickens of the plight of children in the early 19th century, drooping buds referring to lives stunted or cut short by the lack of paediatric provision; “Received a Blank Child” being an article highlighting the anonymity (and potential) of children abandoned in the Foundling Hospital.

The walk will take in hospitals, museums, libraries and green spaces which resonate with the voices of London’s children from the last 300 years.

FREE – but pre-booking is recommended

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The Drooping Buds of Bloomsbury