Babies were left at the Foundling Hospital with a token, when their mothers fell upon hard times. The token was used to help a mother reclaim her child. Eliska (Year 5) investigates...
'When we went to the Foundling Museum, there was a painting of mothers doing a raffle to see if they can get their baby in the Foundling Hospital. The mothers would do that if they were too poor to buy food or had no husband. The mother would reach in a big brown bag and pick out a ball. If it was a white ball, that meant yes, if it was a red ball that meant maybe and if she got a black ball, that meant no. If the mother got a white ball, she would have to give some material or money into the baby's records...' (a token).
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