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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Statue - Thomas Coram


After a successful career as a shipwright and sailor in America, Thomas Coram returned to England.   He was appalled at the abandoned and dying children on the streets of London so spent the next seventeen years campaigning for a children's hospital and home.  The Foundling Hospital was created in 1739.  Coram continued to be involved with the hospital until 1741 when he was ousted by some of the governors he had been critical of.

His statue sits at the entrance of the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury.

6 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

Seems so wrong to be treated like that but he is remmbered they are not.

Accidental Londoner said...

That museum is one of London's hidden treasures - heart-breaking but completely fascinating and unique. Coram must have been quite a guy!

John said...

There seem to be so many small museums in London that we 'out-of-towners' are completely unaware of. We really on blogs like this to keep us aware; keep up the good work.

Luis Gomez said...

I am glad there is a tribute to his work.

Sharon said...

I like Bill's comment above. That's the best way to view the situation. He did good work.

William Kendall said...

It's an impressive statue. I like Bill's comment as well. Karma has a way of rendering those who ran him out as irrelevant and forgotten.

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