Jane Levi, the guest-curator of the Foundling Museum’s current exhibition: “Feeding the 400” recently asked us to review an intriguing report she discovered while conducting her research. Undertaking governance arrangements at the Foundling Hospital with regard to its procurement of milk provided Verita Consultancy with an interesting investigation. The report was included in a collection of papers assembled by John Brownlow, a former foundling who was associated with the Foundling Hospital for 72 years. The report is undated but is estimated to have been written in 1813.
The paper revealed evidence of fraudulent activity in the management of the hospital’s milk supply, dating as far back as the eighteenth century. The report says that for several years, despite the hospital’s governors paying for the procurement of whole milk for the foundlings, skimmed milk was delivered to the hospital instead. Jane found the report interesting, so to obtain a contemporary perspective on this curious scandal, to provide some historical context about the hospital and about the production of milk at the time, she forwarded the archival materials to Verita, a founding corporate member of the Foundling Museum.
Our independent review into governance arrangements at the Foundling Hospital with regard to its procurement of milk can be found here. It has already received coverage from The Observer and the Financial Times.