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The Foundling Hospital ceases to exist when all boarding pupils leave The Thomas Coram School. By this time more than 27,000 children have benefited from the Hospital’s pioneering care.
The School is renamed Ashlyn’s School, and the Hospital becomes known as The Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. It plays a pioneering role in fostering, adoption, early years provision and parenting programmes over the next half century.
Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visit Coram to celebrate its 270th birthday.
Coram extends its support to children by acquiring children’s charity Life Education. It calls this new area of expertise Coram Life Education.
Hetty Feather, a novel by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, is published, relaying the story of a young girl’s experience of being brought up by the Foundling Hospital from a tender age.
Thomas Coram has been the inspiration for a range of charities and organisations over the years, some of which remain closely associated with Coram itself, and some are independent.
• Thomas Coram, the campaigning founder and philanthropist
• William Hogarth, the artist
• George Frideric Handel, the composer
The Friends of Thomas Coram is a group of philanthropic individuals who lend their help and support to both Coram and the Foundling Museum.
Friends’ events usually take place in and around Greater London. They include lectures, walks and guided visits - often to less well-known places of cultural or historic interest - and social events. Guests and non-members are welcome to participate at a slightly higher charge.
If you want to join the Friends, you can download the membership form from this page, or visit our Friends section for more information.
The Old Coram Association (OCA) was founded in 1947 to help former pupils of the Foundling Hospital keep in touch with each other and with Coram. Membership is open to anyone who was placed in the care of the Foundling Hospital, their foster parents, the President, Vice Presidents, Trustees, Governors and members of Coram's staff past and present. Husbands, wives and descendants of those listed above are also welcome.
Throughout the year, the OCA organises a number of events including:
Coram's Fields, an independent charity, is a unique seven-acre playground and park for children living in, or visiting, London. It is open access area that offers a calm, safe and stimulating environment where children can play freely and enjoy a varied programme of activities.
The Thomas Coram Research Unit, an independent organisation, carries out research related to children and young people in and outside their families. This includes care, education, health and social service settings.
The Thomas Coram Early Childhood Centre, more commonly known as the Thomas Coram Nursery, is based on the Coram Community Campus. It was set up in 1998, bringing together St. Leonard's Nursery School and Coram Community Nursery. The Nursery works closely with Coram on joint projects such as the Music Maker scheme.