26 Orphans

14 Oct 2022 – 23 Oct 2022

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Admission includes all collections and exhibitions
Adult £10.50* / £9.50
Concessions £8.25* / £7.50
FREE for 21 & under, Foundling Friends & National Art Pass holders

* Ticket price includes Gift Aid

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Foundling Museum

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 59, 68, 91, 168, 188
  • Russell Square, King's Cross St Pancras
  • Euston, St Pancras International and King's Cross
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26 Orphans is an exhibition of writing about fictional characters, whose stories involve being abandoned early in life, orphaned or fostered. It’s a familiar theme in storytelling, but not often thought about deeply. This work by writers from writing organisation 26 has been inspired by the poet Lemn Sissay’s installation Superman was a Foundling that can be seen on the walls of the Foundling Museum in the heart of Bloomsbury. Lemn’s list includes David Copperfield, Harry Potter and Superman. Who would you pick?

The international group of writers from 26 have each chosen their own favourite fictional characters who lost natural parents in childhood. They have drawn on classic literature, childhood favourites, comic books and folklore, characters from film and modern drama. They have each created sestudes (a form that’s exactly 62 words). Visitors will be invited to find the 26 pieces of work on a digital trail around the museum, using the easy Smartify app.

There is one more twist: the writers are asked to incorporate breathe in their responses, the word representing the festival’s theme.

Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm (closed Monday)


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