But The Foundling Museum has decided to reset the story and celebrate these 'Ladies of Quality and Distinction' in an exhibition of the same name later this year. In the Museum's Picture Gallery, portraits of these pioneering women will temporarily hang in place of portraits of the gallery's male governors. In the Exhibition Gallery, the lives and work of the women who worked and supported the hospital will be explored. From the scullery maids and laundresses to the cooks and financial supporters, the lives of the rich network of women involved in the hospital's conception will be told for the first time.
Ladies of Quality and Distinction comes hot on the heels of the Hospital's First Among Equals and Ladies of Quality Campaign, which celebrates remarkable women who have helped shape contemporary British society. Hundreds of people demonstrated their support for the upcoming exhibition by rallying behind the museum's public fundraising campaign. It has now secured enough funds to not only trace and acquire the portraits of these women, but also to launch a wider research project into the countless women who worked in the Foundling Hospital.
Redressing the historical record from which these pioneering women have been dismissed, this ground-breaking exhibition is eagerly anticipated by feminists, historians and museum-goers alike. Almost three hundred years later, it seems about time. We wait with baited breath.
|What||Ladies of Quality and Distinction, Foundling Museum|
|Where||The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Russell Square (underground)|
21 Sep 18 – 20 Jan 19, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
|Price||£11 (£8.25 concessions)|
|Website||Click here for more information on the museum|