Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield
History of Learning Disability
Memorabilia and Oral History
Langdon Down Centre
Open: 2-5pm Mondays | 9.30am - 1.30pm Saturdays. The theatre may not be open on Monday afternoons.
Museum and theatre closed 7, 9, 21, 23, 28, 30 December.
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Normansfield Photographic Exhibition | from September 2013
The exhibition includes views of the main buildings, grounds, farm and river, mostly from the Victorian period. Other photographs are from a later period when Normansfield was an NHS Hospital. They include a series of panoramas. See Panoramas
An exhibition featuring artefacts made by James Henry Pullen (1835-1916), a resident of the Royal Earlswood Asylum near Redhill, who is believed to have had the condition of savant syndrome. Known as the Genius of Earlswood Asylum, Pullen created a series of ships including a model of Brunel’s paddle steamer the SS Great Eastern completed in 1872 and regarded by many as his greatest achievement. Another ship, the Princess Alexandra, is a 40 gun man of war completed in 1862.
Pullen’s life is a significant one in the history of learning disability and this exhibition will allow his story to reach a wider public while putting on permanent display these important historical objects. The exhibition includes lectures, photography, drama and school visits.
The Giant of Earlswood | Drama St Mary's Theatre
7.30pm Sunday - Tuesday 1 - 3 December 2013 | Performed at the Normansfield Theatre
Drama St Mary’s present the life and times of the one, the only James Henry Pullen, savant, friend of royalty, admiral of the fleet, carpenter extraordinaire, and the undisputed genius of Earlswood asylum
It will be an evening of songs, sketches, jokes old and new as they uncover the story and celebrate the life of James Henry Pullen who for sixty six years was both a resident at Earlswood and one of the most remarkable artists of his age. The giant is on permanent display in the Langdon Down Museum.
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Talks and Tours 2014
Our talks and tours explore the history and work of Dr John Langdon Down and his home at Normansfield where he brought an enlightened and revolutionary approach to the care of people with learning disabilities.
Participants must book a place in advance (excluding Open House weekend) See: Events
Normansfield Theatre Talk and Tour Saturday 8 February 2014
In the Footsteps of Dr John Langdon Down: A Walk Around Normansfield | Saturday 12 April 2014
James Henry Pullen: The Genius of Earlswood Asylum | Saturday 13 September 2014
Open House London Sunday 21 September 2014
Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield. The Social History of Learning Disability. | Saturday 8 November 2014
A Map of Normansfield in 1878
The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability at Normansfield contributes to the public understanding of the work of Dr John Langdon Down, Normansfield and the Royal Earlswood Asylum though exhibitions and events. It also displays objects made by James Henry Pullen.
The museum contributes to the social history of learning disability.
The museum acquires and conserve artifacts, documents, photographs and other materials with historical importance.
The Langdon Down Museum would like to acknowledge the following organisations who have kindly funded restoration and development work within the museum:
Normansfield and Richmond Foundation (Previously the Friends of Normansfield)