Picturing Hetty Feather

Hetty Feather is the fictional foundling that most brings Coram's historic beginnings to life.

Children in a recreated 19th-Century schoolroomSince the first Hetty Feather book was published in 2008, Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s series of novels has delighted young audiences with the adventures of its eponymous heroine, the spirited Victorian foundling Hetty Feather.

The books have sold millions of copies and led to an Olivier Award-nominated stage show, and a BAFTA-nominated CBBC television series.

Picturing Hetty Feather

Children looking at Foundling Hospital uniforms in an interactive exhibit

Picturing Hetty Feather was an exhibition at the Foundling Museum that explored the ways in which the creative industries have brought the Foundling Hospital to life. It enabled visitors of all ages to imagine what life would have been like at the Foundling Hospital in the 19th century for Hetty and real-life foundling children.

The family-friendly exhibition featured props and original costumes from the CBBC Hetty Feather television set, unseen treasures from the Foundling Hospital Collection and archive, and a range of interactive activities.

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