As I write, it's touch-and-go whether this post will have photos, as, although I've scanned them, they always save to some mysterious ether-filled netherworld that requires a husband's skills to access. He does keep showing me how to do it, but infuriatingly (for him) I can't seem to grasp it. They're in there somewhere, but let's not dally - Onward!
Tragically, although Florella may have been "call'd for Again", hundreds of children actually died in the Hospital and most of those who survived were not reclaimed.
In order to protect the anonymity of the parents, the babies left with the hospital were given new names and in the main part of the Museum there is a list of some of the children taken into the care of the Hospital. In some ways, I found this one of the most tragic aspects, that a child's connection with his family name would be severed. It was clear from the list that many surnames were chosen from London boroughs: Westminster, Stratford, Newington, Farringdon. Some were garnered from further afield: Nottingham, Gloucester, Colchester and Bristol. Others were really far-flung: Thomas Africa, John Europe, Richard Asia. The inspiration for a few is rather hard to fathom: Epimonidas Allen, Chaloner Ogle, Cloudesley Shovel. There was even a Tudor Plantagenet.
Although the original Hospital buildings have been demolished, Coram, as the charity is now known, still exists 280 years on, continuing to work with vulnerable children and young people.
You have until 6th March to get to London to see the exhibition for yourself and if you possibly can, I would urge you to do so.
Have a good weekend!