Coram statement on Foundling Museum and shared aims

Published: Thursday 8th August 2013

Sir Michael Bear, President of Coram, said: “I wish to clarify the shared aims of Coram, the UK’s first children’s charity where I have the privilege of being President, and the Foundling Museum

“Coram exists to help children as set out in its Royal Charter of 1739. To this end, artists such as Hogarth gave great works to Coram (then the Foundling Hospital) forming a nationally important collection.  

“The charity has an absolute duty to ensure that this unique asset is used for the benefit of children, as the Charter and artists intended.  

“Coram established the Foundling Museum in 1998 to reinforce this aim while maintaining the unique collection for the public to enjoy.  Its fundamental objects and relationship to Coram have not changed since then. 

“The plan approved by the Attorney General for the Museum to purchase the Coram collection over time to secure it permanently for the benefit of children has not changed. 

“Coram is a wonderful children’s charity with an exceptional heritage. It continues to be committed to protecting and displaying its art collection in the Foundling Museum to be enjoyed by all, doing its duty to manage its assets as intended by its donors and its Charter, for the benefit of children.”

To find out more about the Foundling Museum and current exhibitions, including ‘Exchange: 1,000 Good Deeds’ by ceramic artist Clare Twomey, click on the link below. 

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