Saturday 27th May

‘Picturing Hetty Feather’ exhibition at The Foundling Museum, London

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‘Picturing Hetty Feather’ exhibition

Exhibition runs 26 May 2017 — 03 Sep 2017.

This summer enjoy a day out at the Foundling Museum and explore our family exhibition Picturing Hetty Feather.

Discover how author Jacqueline Wilson’s much-loved character Hetty Feather has brought the history of London’s Foundling Hospital to life. Created by Wilson in 2008 during her Fellowship at the Museum, spirited Victorian foundling Hetty Feather has delighted young audiences with her adventures across five books, a stage show and a CBBC series.

This immersive exhibition explores the creative ways in which curators, writers, directors and designers have interpreted life at the Foundling Hospital, through television scenery, costumes, and rarely-seen items from the Hospital Collection. Try on costumes from the original CBBC television series, sit in Hetty’s classroom and discover what life was like for Hetty and her friends. The exhibition is packed full of fun activities throughout including the opportunity to test out your own creative writing skills.

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Adam Frost: ‘Fun, Awesome Facts And a Parents V Kids Quiz!’ at Greenwich Book Festival

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Adam Frost: ‘Fun, Awesome Facts And a Parents V Kids Quiz!’

What are the strangest things ever found in a shark’s stomach? How long are your intestines? Could Zombies ever take over the world? Adam Frost is a non-fiction hero. The winner of a 2016 Blue Peter Book award for his ‘Epic Book of Epicness’, he is also the author of ‘The Awesome Book of Awesomeness’, ‘The Awesome Body Book’ and his latest, a fill-in-your-own-facts, ‘The Book Of Me’.


He also writes fiction for children and creates infographics for grownup readers of newspapers like The Guardian. Join him for a fun interactive session of astounding facts, mind-boggling figures and a thrilling parents versus kids quiz.


AGE: 6-13 yrs All attendees, both adults and children, are required to have purchased a ticket under the General Admission category. All children should be accompanied by an adult.

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Tuesday 30th May

‘Hetty Feather: The Film Set’ at The Foundling Museum, London

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‘Hetty Feather: The Film Set’

Make your own Hetty Feather film set in this free family workshop. Inspired by our exhibition ‘Picturing Hetty Feather’ make a miniature film set, and bring it to life with puppets of your favourite Hetty Feather characters.


Suitable for age 5+. Free for children and up to two accompanying adults. Sign up on the day.
Sessions run 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30 & 15:00-16:30

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Friday 2nd June

‘Mr Dolly’s Dolls’ at The Foundling Museum, London

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‘Mr Dolly’s Dolls’

Make your own Hetty Feather doll in this free family workshop. Taking inspiration from Mr Dolly’s doll shop in the book ‘Clover Moon’, make your own Hetty Feather or Clover Moon doll to take home.


Suitable for ages 5-10. Free for children and up to two accompanying adults. To take part, sign up on the day.
Sessions run 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30 & 15:00-16:30

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Wednesday 26th July

Gangsta Granny at the Garrick Theatre, London

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Gangsta Granny

gangsta-granny_largeDavid Walliams’ bestselling children’s book Gangsta Granny receives a West End transfer in a delightful page-to-stage adaptation by Horrible Histories’ Neal Foster. Premiering in 2015, the production by Birmingham Stage Company was recently nominated for a UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. Now, Gangsta Granny embarks on a UK tour before sneaking into London’s Garrick Theatre for a limited summer run in 2017.

Gangsta Granny follows Ben, a young boy who is staying at his Granny’s on a typical Friday night. Prepared for a boring night in, Ben knows that he will be presented with the usual cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake – bleurgh! But what he doesn’t know is that his robbing relative harbours a secret bigger than he could image! Quickly, boring Friday nights in turn into adventurous nights out, as Ben and his Granny become gangstas!

In 2013, Gangsta Granny was made into a BBC Christmas special, starring Joanna Lumley, David Walliams, Miranda Hart and Julia McKenzie.

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Tuesday 22nd August

‘Hetty Feather: Using History Creatively’ at at The Foundling Museum, London

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‘Hetty Feather: Using History Creatively’

Join us for a very special family event with author of the Hetty Feather book series Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Jacqueline Wilson talks about the writing of Hetty Feather, alongside some of the creative people involved in transforming the books into a TV series.


Find out how the Foundling Hospital’s story has inspired artists of all kinds, and take the opportunity to ask those burning questions.

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