And now I have a link of my own. She has no name, and a few days ago I didn't even know she existed. She's called "The Foundling Girl" and now she's my foundling girl. Because on Monday 2 February, slips of paper were drawn out of a tricorn hat and I was randomly paired with her.
This was the beginning of a collaboration between the writers' collective 26 and the curators of the Foundling Museum, called "26 Pairs of Eyes: Looking at the Overlooked" which will be launched this summer. The object I've been asked to respond to was a marble bust made by David Watson Stevenson in 1871. I found her tucked behind a door in a corridor between two rooms.
She was cream marble against a cream wall.
Projects like this are a challenge, of course they are, but also what a gift! Do you have a statue or a painting or an artefact in the Foundling Museum or any other museum/gallery that's somehow yours? It's great, isn't it?
And if you get the chance, be sure to visit my girl.
* Such as Lucy Inglis' post on the 10th anniversary of the Foundling Museum and the 275th anniversary of the Foundling Hospital: "Be Not Ashamed You were Bred in This Hospital. Own it."
or Penny Dolan's experience: My Coram Cup
or Eleanor Updale's story of her father: Another Side of Christmas 1918
So worth re-reading!
Joan Lennon's website.
Joan Lennon's blog.