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A very touching piece of street art that can be found set into the pavement in Marchmont Street near to Russell Square underground station in Bloomsbury.

Marchmont Street

The street is near to the former site of the Foundling Hospital in Corams Fields. Mothers unable to care for their babies would bring them to the hospital. In the majority of cases the mothers were illiterate and unable to write their names, some in the vain hope of being in a position to return to collect their infant in the future left a small memento or token to identify the child. Sadly the record keeping was lacklustre and records and token were rarely stored together making it difficult to identify an individual, and in the main most children were never collected by their parents. This installation created by artist John Aldus and is a very short trail using replica tokens leading visitors from the Brunswick shopping centre to the entrance of the Foundling Hospital museum.

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