Handel, Hogarth and Captain Coram's Foundling Hospital from the 18th century to the present day

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The Foundling Hospital Chapel
The Foundling Hospital Chapel

What brought these three eminent men together? Well, it was their shared concern for the poor of London all around them and especially for the children. Captain Coram took 17 years to raise the necessary money to build The Foundling Hospital to which destitute mothers brought their babies; Hogarth attracted benefactors by hanging many of his valuable paintings in the building and thereby founding the first London Art Gallery; and Handel gave fundraising concerts in the Hospital Chapel, which included a special Foundling Anthem and the music of Messiah.

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Madingley Hall is a Grade 1 listed building with only three ground floor teaching rooms. Currently all three ground floor teaching rooms are required for other courses during the weekend of this course, therefore this course will be held in an upstairs room. There is a lift to upper teaching rooms which may be suitable if stairs are an issue, for further information please consult our Information for Prospective Students guide.


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Course details

Start date

10 June 2011 (19:15)

End date

12 June 2011 (14:00)

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1 weekend


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

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Single room: £110
Double/Twin room (per person, 2 people sharing): £110

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