The Foundling Museum in the UK has launched an online, flash-based version of their Threads of Feeling exhibit.
The exhibit is a collection of textile scraps left in the Foundling Hospital’s 18th century records about the abandoned children in their care.
In the cases of more than 4,000 babies left between 1741 and 1760, a small object or token, usually a piece of fabric, was kept as an identifying record. The fabric was either provided by the mother or cut from the child’s clothing by the hospital’s nurses. Attached to registration forms and bound up into ledgers, these pieces of fabric form the largest collection of everyday textiles surviving in Britain from the 18th Century. Read more about the exhibit
If you’re in, or visiting, London, the show is open until March 6, 2011.