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Foundling Hospital children are among the first to be successfully inoculated against smallpox, in part thanks to Dr Richard Mead, Coram Governor and a leading physician.

1926 Increased pollution in the expanding capital prompts the relocation of the pupils to Surrey, before a school is built for them in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire in 1935.

2014 Coram celebrates its 275th anniversary by opening the new Coram campus West Wing and Pears Pavilion as part of its ambition to become a national centre of excellence for children. The Foundling Museum celebrates its 10th birthday.

1847 Foundling pupils are encouraged to appreciate music and a successful band is established. Many go on to become musicians in the most prestigious army and navy bands.

1853 Charles Dickens, who featured Foundling characters such as Tattycoram and Oliver Twist in his novels, writes Received, a blank child, the title taken from entry forms which left a space for the child’s name.

2018 As we celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Coram, Her Majesty The Queen opens The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, dedicated to children and named in her honour. Find out more about Coram’s fascinating history at

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