Marchmont Street Foundling Tokens

A heartbreaking art trail highlighting the plight of abandoned 'foundling' children who were identified only by the 'tokens' left by their mothers at the Foundling Hospital in London.

This is definitely an art trail where you need to look down! Marchmont street in Bloomsbury has a series of metal ‘tokens’ embedded in the pavement, depicting some of the objects which were left by mothers when leaving their child in the care of the Foundling Hospital. If the family were able to reclaim the child at some point in the future, the 'token' (often not metallic but made of cloth or paper) would be used to identify the child and calculate reparations for board and lodging.

This art installation was created by artist John Aldus and is a very short trail leading visitors from the Brunswick shopping centre to the entrance of the Foundling Hospital museum.

Marchmont Street, London. Foundling Token trail
Location: 
Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury, London
Country: 
United Kingdom

Last modified: 
Tuesday, 11 July, 2017 - 09:53