The Lost Words at the Foundling Museum


Today, I went to the Foundling Hospital in London to see the exhibition of work from 'The Lost Words' by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.


I love visiting the Foundling Museum. As well as being fascinating, it's deeply moving and a real insight into the harsh choices families- particularly mothers- had to make. My interest in it began when I read 'Coram Boy' by Jamila Gavin- an excellent book which is well worth reading. 


Artwork from 'The Lost Words' alongside the poems forms an exhibition in the gallery downstairs. The book is a thing of great beauty, but to see the original artwork up close was a real pleasure. 


The gallery was very peaceful and well laid out, allowing time and space to enjoy the pictures- and the poems. I spent quite some time studying my favourites- the kingfisher and the otters. 


After half term, one word from the book will be the focus of both a display in the hall  and an assembly by our head teacher and I am planning some lessons to link with our science work as well. Jackie Morris very kindly contacted us via the website when we reviewed the book to let us know about some useful resources. Here is the link again. 


A beautiful exhibition in a beautiful place- really worth a visit.

You can read more on The Foundling Museum website.

You can read our review of The Lost Words here.