I wrote about the documentary Angelic Voices : The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral back in July 2013 unfortunately the video was taken down from YouTube however it’s just recently been uploaded to Collegium Regale’s channel if you haven’t seen it before – and it’s well worth watching, now’s your chance. The second video for this Sunday follows on from the Messiah at the Foundling Hospital documentary that I wrote about a fortnight ago it’s a Gresham College lecture by Dame Gillian Pugh who spent eight years as Chief Executive of Coram Family, England’s oldest children’s charity:
In 1739, Captain Thomas Coram was dismayed at the sight of children dying on the dung heaps of London. These children, mostly foundlings and orphans, were products of a poverty-stricken society where the attitude towards babies born outside of wedlock meant a life of rejection and inferiority. After 17 years of campaigning, Coram managed to persuade sufficient ‘persons of quality and distinction’ to support his petition to the King to grant a Royal Charter for the building of the Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury.
Over the next two hundred years, thousands of children were brought to the Foundling Hospital by mothers who were unable to look after their illegitimate children. There they were provided with excellent health care and education fit for their station in life before apprenticing the boys to learn a trade and the girls to domestic service.
In this lecture Dame Gillian Pugh, former chief executive of Coram, offers a fascinating history of the first children’s charity and charts the rise of this incredible institution. It examines the attitude towards foundlings as illegitimate children over the years and brings us up to date on the innovative work of the charity today, now known simply as Coram.
Angelic Voices: The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral [HD]
Video Source: Angelic Voices: The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral [HD] – YouTube Published on 20 Nov 2015 by Collegium Regale
London’s Forgotten Children: Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital – Dame Gillian Pugh
Video Source: London’s Forgotten Children: Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital – Dame Gillian Pugh – YouTube Published on 26 Mar 2012 by Gresham College