Opening Times

We are closed on Saturday 28 November for the Normansfield Christmas Craft Fair. We will reopen on Saturday 6 February 2016.

The museum & theatre are open on Saturdays from 10-1 from February to November.

News and Developments

LMA November 2015

World Down Syndrome Congress. 19 – 21 August 2015 Chennai, India. Participants from countries across the globe meet, share knowledge, experiences and perhaps open new frontiers in improving the lives of people with Down’s syndrome. The Congress focuses on Panchtatvas – Social Awareness & Self Determination, Health, Education & Employment, Support System, Rights and the Law for people with Down’s Syndrome. The Congress opened with the world premiere of ‘Langdon Down, The Legacy’:  a short film about the extraordinary Victorian building in London which is home to DSA UK.  Built by Dr John Langdon Down in 1868 as a place where people with learning disabilities could be cared for and educated, it is widely regarded as the ‘spiritual home’ of Down’s Syndrome.

JLD Indenture

John Langdon Down’s indenture to his father

Document kindly donated in June 2015 by John Langdon Down’s great grandson Michael Brain

Theatre Woodland Sunset rebuild _Z4C8963 (Large)

‘Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past’

The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) has received £85,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its exciting project: ‘Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past’.  The HLF’s grant means that vital building works can begin to protect the rare, Victorian Grade II* listed theatre and its remarkable collection of original, hand painted scenery.  The scenery, which has no equal anywhere else in Britain, is extraordinarily complete with more than 80 flats, 18 borders, 5 painted cloths and many individual pieces. Read full story here.

Theatre River scene_Z4C8936 sml (Large)


Are you a volunteer in SW London?

A number of reciprocal volunteer visits have been organised as part from the Partnership for Excellence West London: Volunteering project.

Tour of Langdon Down Museum of Disability and Normansfield Theatre
Monday 30th November 2015 | 3.00pm – 5.00pm

If you are a volunteer in a museum, gallery or building please come to our volunteer event.

Learn about Langdon Down Centre and see the spectacular Normansfield Theatre! During the talk and tour you can find out about current projects and the interesting history and work of Dr John Langdon Down who brought an enlightened and revolutionary approach to the care of people with learning disabilities.

To book a place please contact Ian Jones-Healey at

Theatre Woodland Sunset rebuild _Z4C8963 (Large)

Normansfield Theatre Talk and Tour

10am to 12 noon Saturday 6 February 2016

10am to 12 noon Saturday 21 May 2016

A one hour talk about Normansfield’s Grade II* listed Victorian theatre. The talk will discuss why it came to be built and its purpose in the daily life of the hospital. The fixtures and fittings will be examined in detail. There will be a guided walk around the theatre, stage and back rooms. Also on show will be a selection of restored Victorian flats depicting a variety of scenery. Light refreshments will be provided. Cost: £10 per person.

See Talks and Tours in 2016


The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability at Normansfield Teddington, was the home and institution developed by the Victorian physician Dr John Langdon Down and his family where a revolutionary and enlightened approach was developed for the care of people with learning disabilities.


Volunteers needed

2016 Project: The History of Normansfield’s buildings

Exploring the history of Normansfield’s buildings and their rooms, we will research the development of the site from 1868. When and why were they built, at what cost, when demolished, what used for through the years, who lived and worked in them. We will create site maps, produce a timeline illustrated with photographs, research in museums and archives and talk to local residents. Details

U3A Project 2014: Long stay Institutions for People with Learning Disabilities


History@Kingston Blog

History@Kingston Blog Mar 15

A Social History of Learning Disability: Langdon Down Museum

History@Kingston is a multi-authored blog written by staff, students, alumni and public historians who contribute to the study of history at Kingston University and the town’s rich local heritage.


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