If you walk down Marchmont Street near Russell Square tube, you’ll see strange devices in the paving slabs. Here is a montage featuring most of them.
They are actually accurate representations of tokens from the nearby Foundling Museum, one of London’s most interesting, an institution which is both heartbreaking and uplifting. We’ve covered it elsewhere but not for a while and I shall write about its new exhibition in the next day or so. The museum remembers for posterity the Foundling Hospital, set up in the mid 18th century as a home for unwanted babies who were then raised and educated by the institution. Some of these children were left a token by their mothers as a remembrance which – sadly – they were never given. There are many on display, but here are some of the originals which feature in the paving.
I don’t know who decorated the pavement with these signs which probably go largely unnoticed by Londoners and visitors alike but it’s a thoughtful touch. Look out for them and, if you have time, go and see the real ones at the Foundling Museum nearby.