‘Tourists will hear our schoolboy tales’

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THE CHILDHOOD tales of three past pupils of a town school will be broadcast to tourists in London.

Barry Tarbox, Robin Bowler and John Waller were among more than 70 people interviewed as part of the Foundling Voices exhibition.

The project charts the modern history of the Thomas Coram Foundling Hospital School, which dates back to 1739.

The philanthropist established the site to care for abandoned children.

It moved to Berkhamsted after a short spell in Surrey, when its governors decided they wanted their children to experience the cleaner air of the home counties.

The site became Ashlyns School in 1951 - after 16 years in the town - to help the growing number of children in the area.

The trio of interviewees were among the then-new pupils who initially shared their school with the foundlings.

Mr Tarbox, 69, who now lives in Leighton Buzzard, said: “It feels quite horrifying to think that lots of tourists are listening to my childhood memories.”

The free exhibition is at the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury, London, until October 30.

Barry says the foundlings were lovely during class - but he was disappointed the children weren’t allowed to leave, so he couldn’t meet up with them socially.

John Waller, 67, of Cobb Road, Berkhamsted, was delighted to have met BBC TV World News reporter Kate Adie - herself an orphan - at the exhibition’s launch.

To learn more about it, contact Alison Duke on 0207 841 3618.