Helen Berry

Helen Berry

Helen Berry is Professor of British History at Newcastle University, UK. She studied history at the University of Durham and Jesus College, Cambridge, and has published extensively on the social history of Georgian Britain.

Her new book, “Orphans of Empire”, tells the story of what happened to the thousands of children who were raised at the London Foundling Hospital, from its earliest days to the mid-Victorian era, when it spurred Charles Dickens to campaign on behalf of orphans. Through the lives of London’s foundlings, the book gives a street-level insight into the wider global history of a period of monumental change in British history as the nation became a superpower.

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