Thomas Coram statue
There is a statue of Thomas Coram on the site of the original Foundling Hospital in London's Brunswick Square.
The statue is situated between Coram's London headquarters, the Foundling Museum and Coram Fields, a playground for children. It is inscribed with the words 'Pioneer in the Cause of Child Welfare'. The sculptor was William McMillan and it was erected by the governors of the charity in 1963.
The likeness for the statue is taken from William Hogarth's famous portait 'Captain Thomas Coram', which the artist presented to the Foundling Hospital in 1740.
Bringing the statue to life
In 2016, to mark 275 years since the first admission to the Foundling Hospital in 1741, Coram brought the statue to life with a recording by well known actor, writer, theatre director and supporter of Coram’s work Simon Callow CBE.
Visitors to Brunswick Square Visitors can listen to the recording by swiping a tag on the statue on their smartphones and logging into the Talking Statue website.