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Just one thing...Thomas Coram's prayer book

Prayer book belonging to Coram founder Thomas Coram

The prayer book of Thomas Coram, Coram's founder, is the first exhibit in a new series, 'Just One Thing...' in which a key figure from the charity selects an item from our archives which is of particular significance for them and an inspiration for their work to continue helping children today, 275 years after the charity was established.


A testament to Thomas Coram's character

Thomas Coram's prayer book is the item selected by Coram Chief Executive Carol Homden:

Coram CEO Carol Homden with Thomas Coram's prayer book

I chose this because for our founder, 

Thomas Coram, the words in this book  were the script for his life. Religion was important to him and so too was the idea that you practised those beliefs through good deeds in daily life.

The words in this book inspired him to establish a totally new kind of charity, the first one in the UK dedicated to the care of children.

On display in Coram's Weston Gallery

The book was given to Thomas Coram in 1736 by Arthur Onslow, a founding governor of the Foundling Hospital and Speaker of the House of Commons. Thomas Coram presented it to the Foundling Hospital  in 1741. Staff and visitors to Coram at Brunswick Square can see the book, was on display until the end of April 2017 in the Weston Gallery. 

Find out more about our founder Thomas Coram

Find out more about the history of Coram




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