Imagine yourself back through time to Britain in 1858. You are also an unmarried young woman who has recently given birth. Because of societal conventions and attitudes, raising the child yourself is out of the question…

We might like to think how far we have come. But turn on your television and you will find talk programmes like Maury, The Steve Wilkos Show, Dr Phil, or The Jeremy Kyle Show parading “unfit” mothers for our judgment and entertainment. READ

The Fallen Woman The Foundling Museum, London, UK, until Jan 3, 2016