Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield
History of Learning Disability
Memorabilia and Oral History
Langdon Down Centre
2-5pm Mondays; 10am-1pm Saturdays. Theatre has restricted access on Mondays. The museum & theatre are closed as follows: over Easter; in December & January.
From February 2015: 10am - 1pm Saturdays
Walter Ridpath was a resident of Normansfield from 1882 to 1909. Read his story here
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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.
Where were long stay institutions and asylums for people with learning disabilities in the 19th and 20th centuries located in London and the Home Counties? How were they founded? How did they compare with each other and with Normansfield? How did living conditions and quality of care compare?
Research currently underway. Completion late 2014.
On the BBC
BBC4 | Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance. Episode 2 broadcast on 24 November includes dances filmed at Normansfield Theatre: the Viennese Waltz and the Skirt Dance. Watch us on iPlayer BBC4
BBC Radio 4 | The Meaning of Mongol broadcast on 24 November. Listen on iPlayer BBC Radio 4
NEXT EVENT IN 2015
Normansfield Theatre Talk and Tour.
10am to 12noon Saturday 7 February 2015. 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.