Recent discoveries online

I’ve found a couple/few websites that I find fascinating and I want to share today.

First, an amazing if heartbreaking online exhibit, Threads of Feeling, from the Foundling Museum in London. Four thousand babies were left anonymously at the hospital between 1741 and 1760 and sometimes a note, and a small token, usually a piece of fabric or ribbon (but sometimes a key) was left with each infant and kept as part of the admission record. The fabric was either provided by the mother or cut from the child’s clothing by the hospital’s nurses. If, as occasionally happened, a mother returned, she could identify the scrap of fabric to claim her child. These fragments represent the largest collection of eighteenth fabrics in Britain.

You can find more examples of the fabrics and the ledger entries in a review at The Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center Blog or at the exhibit’s Facebook page.

The museum tells the story of the 27,000 children who were left at the Foundling Hospital between 1739 and 1954, in art, interiors, and social history, and the museum is close to the site of the original building which was demolished in the early twentieth century. The founders of the original Foundling Hospital were philanthropist Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel, and the museum also houses the Gerald Coke Handel Collection.

The Handel House Museum in Mayfair, London was one of the many projects restored with the expertise of Patrick Baty, a specialist in historical paint and color. His blog, News from Colourman, is fascinating. His interest in architecture led to speculation and then research in authentic historical decoration and color, and if the idea of peering into a microscope to view pigments makes you go all tingly, well…

Talking of going all tingly, you’ve got to check out the hilarious Bangable Dudes in History, “Dead man porn for your still-beating heart.” I love this site. Not only do you get pics of the dudes but pie charts of their attributes. For instance, Robert Cornelius, American chemist and pioneer in photography, Joined father’s lamp company…must’ve been fighting off the chicks; Nicolai Tesla, Was besties with Mark Twain–another potential hot threesome. Find out why Shostakovich was one hot brooding bitch or Sherman was red-ginger hot. Byron is coming soon!

Have you found anything good online recently?

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11 years ago

Anne Gracie’s His Captive Lady is the first time I heard about the Foundling Museum. She heartbreakingly shares what was happening as part of her story line. Hmmm…. think I’ll go read that one again.

11 years ago

This is a fabulous post! On the one hand, you lead us to sadness, on the other, to belly laughs. Great links!

Louisa Cornell
11 years ago

Wonderful links, as usual, Janet! More great places for me to visit rather than write. Sigh!

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

Omigosh. What Kristine said…..

My heart aches for those mothers leaving babies at the Foundling Hospital.

but the dudes are great!!!

Elena Greene
11 years ago

Cool stuff about the Foundling Hospital, Janet. There’s a good book on the subject, Coram’s Children by Ruth K. McClure, which gave me a lot of information for Lady Dearing’s Masquerade. Part of the plot involved one of the tokens you describe.

Isobel Carr
11 years ago

I want Threads of Feeling so bad. Too bad it’s OOP and $$$.

11 years ago

And my husband wonders why I don’t get to bed until 2, 3, or 4 in the morning. It is al the great sites I visit and THEN all the great links from those sites.
Who needs sleep or to get any housework done?

The dudes were interesting. now off to check the Foundling Home.

11 years ago

Huge thanks for linking to my blog. However, I’ve recently moved from Blogger to WordPress and have built up a large site showing many projects. The Handel House can be seen HERE


[…] first told us about the Threads of Feeling exhibit on display at the Foundling Museum in London in 2011, and a year later, that it was coming to Colonial Williamsburg. I was so excited I marked my […]

9 years ago

Hi Rene,Sorry to hear your picture wasn’t iuecndld. Unfortunately we only have room for 25 pictures in our gallery, and it’s possible that your shot maybe was a little fuzzy, so it didn’t make the cut. Mariela the photo gallery is designed to give a picture of what the entire event was like. We do feature video of our two winners only (you can find them in the video gallery).Looking forward to seeing you both at the next round!Brandi.

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