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February 2, 2011

The Sept/Oct 2010 issue of  Selvedge magazine has a feature article titled Scrap of a thing.  It reviews an exhibition Threads of Feeling on until March 2011 at  The Foundling Museum, London, England. It shows tiny fabric scraps left, as a means of identification, with babies given up by their mothers at the foundling home. It also gives a brief description of the babies, birth dates, ages, names where possible and in many cases date of death. As a mother and grandmother I find it heartbreaking. Thanks to Velma for this link to the exhibition  And the museum is at

But also for a very personal reason. My birth mother died when I was born, in a remote Northern hospital. With no social services at the time I was extremely lucky to be adopted by a loving couple. This little dress came with me.  

It isn’t new, the cotton flannelette is very thin.  There is a button missing and the stitching is coming undone at the sleeve.

Unfortunately, there are still children in this world who need our help.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2011 8:23 am

    Thank you for sharing your storyx I have been to see this exhibition and it is truely movingxlynda


  2. February 3, 2011 4:55 am

    I read about this exhibition in Selvedge too and was very moved by it. All the more meaningful for you, as Kathryn says.


  3. February 3, 2011 1:13 am

    Thank you for the link,very moving.


  4. February 2, 2011 7:32 pm

    What a touching post. This show must mean so much more to you because of your experience. Thank you for sharing. I just watched a documentary on Kindertransport and was so moved by the thousands of children who likely never saw their parents after the war. So sad.


  5. February 2, 2011 1:14 pm

    oh, jean…


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