IMG_9462.PNGThis week I spoke to Emma Middleton, who is a Curator of Artists Projects at The Foundling Museum @foundlingmuseum.
1. A DAY IN YOUR LIFE…Today there was a jazz concert for parents and babies by Bach to Baby and an art workshop with a local nursery. I ordered art materials for a project we are doing with children on the oncology and hematology wards at Great Ormond Street. Their art will be on display from 6 June. Then working with our fundraising team on a new project we’re running with young people in care!
2. WHAT EVENTS/EXHIBITIONS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR FAMILIES? The Museum is definitely designed with our young visitors in mind. They can explore the Collection with one of our creative activity trails, design their own tokens at our Interactive stations and dress up as characters from The Foundling Hospital’s history. We also run regular artist-led workshops, which are free for children and parents. This summer we’re opening a big exhibition all about Hetty Feather, the foundling girl from the books by Jacqueline Wilson, so we have lots of fun workshops lined up that will explore that ⭐️⭐️⭐️
3. WHAT OBJECT DO YOU THINK MOST APPEALS TO CHILDREN? Children really like the bed from the Foundling Hospital. They can try out sleeping in it and really imagine what it felt like to be a foundling, sleeping all alone at night. Similarly the children’s uniforms. School children find it interesting to compare their uniforms to those of the children at the Hospital. They can try on replicas for themselves. Finally, our stairs tend to be a big hit with pre-school children! It’s fun for them to climb up the big steps and learn that they came from the boys’ wing of the Hospital, where the children used to slide down the bannisters 😀😀😀
4. APART FROM THE FOUNDLING MUSEUM WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MUSEUM AND WHY? A tie with the Hayward Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery. I’m an artist so I love to see contemporary art that is dynamic and thought-provoking 🙌🙌