October, 2021

15octSee info24Fighting TalkOne boy’s journey from abandonment to Trafalgar(See info) The Foundling MuseumEvent Type :Exhibitions


October 15 (Friday) - 24 (Sunday)

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Discover the extraordinary life story of eighteenth-century boy, George King, through his own words! From being left in the care of the Foundling Hospital to serving at the Battle of Trafalgar.

The Foundling Museum, Bloomsbury, are sharing the incredibly rare autobiography of Foundling Hospital pupil George King (1787 – 1857), in an exhibition that brings King’s voice to life, carefully curated by Professor Helen Berry, author of Orphans of Empire. The memoir includes King’s never-before-seen first-hand account of 21 October 1805 – at the Battle of Trafalgar …

“At eight o’clock we piped the breakfast… The most part eat their dinner for breakfast and each man was served with half a pint of wine… At half past nine Nelson made the signal that England expects every man will his duty.”

By exploring the realities of foundling apprenticeships and the impact that their labour had on Britain’s transformation into a global super-power, Fighting Talk brings a new perspective to our understanding of Georgian society and the lives of its working-class citizens. While also delving into the origins of the Foundling Hospital as a patriotic endeavour, designed to provide boys for Britain’s military.

Open daily (except Monday) 10am – 5pm.

Tickets (admission includes collections and exhibitions): £10.50 (£8.25, under 21’s FREE)

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