New photographic exhibition highlights child poverty

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The damaging consequences for children arising from the shortage of social housing in London are laid bare in ‘Bedrooms of London’, a new photo-documentary exhibition at London’s Foundling Museum from 8 February to 5 May, 2019. This thought-provoking exhibition is created in partnership with London’s child poverty charity, The Childhood Trust and award-winning social change communications agency GOOD, in response to the social housing crisis affecting London’s most disadvantaged children.

The exhibition presents a new body of work by photographer Katie Wilson. Focusing on the spaces which children are sleeping, the photographs are shown alongside first-hand narratives from families, and offer a poignant insight into the lives and experiences of children living in poverty across London.

The exhibition reflects The Foundling Museum’s mission to inspire everyone to make a positive contribution to society, by celebrating the power of the individual and the arts to change lives.

Here are just a few of the photographs and the stories they tell.

Antousha, Gabriela & Moses

Antousha (5), Gabriela (4) and Moses (1), share a two-bedroom flat with their parents, Beatrice and George. The family receives benefits but neither George nor Beatrice, a trained nurse, can work. They are in debt from court fees and depend on charity support.


9-month-old Adam sleeps with mum Emily and dad Martin in the living room. With sister Patricia (10), brothers Bradley (6) and Harry (3), the family of six also eat here as there is nowhere to sit.


Edward (4) and mum Genavieve, live in a one-room hostel where they have been for nearly a year.

Nadine, Crystal, Peter & Simone

Nadine (17), Crystal (16), Peter (15) and Simone (9) live with mum and dad in a two- bedroom flat. The children share one room and spend their leisure time here, between studying and helping mum to tidy the flat.

Christopher & Simon

Christopher (4) and Simon (2) are always at home with mum, Sainey. Sainey was trafficked to London as a domestic slave. Now free, she can’t afford clothes for her growing children.

Rory & Vanessa

Rory (6) and his sister Vanessa (2) live in temporary accommodation. Their mother, Zainab washes their clothes in the shower and stores food on the bathroom shelves.

The lowdown: Bedrooms of London exhibition

Adults, £11 with donation, Free for children.

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ

Tube and train: Russell Square, King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston.

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