Childcare charity wins battle to set up a 'foundlings museum'

28th September 2001 at 01:00
ONE OF Britain's oldest childcare charities has won a battle with the Government to set up a "foundlings museum" to display its historic collection of 18th century art. Government lawyers have dropped objections to the Coram Family's plans and work will begin on the museum in central London with a pound;3 million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The pound;17m collection was the first of public art in Britain and includes works by Hogarth, but has in recent years gone unseen because of the cost of upkeep. The paintings will be sold but remain on display to give the charity some income.

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