Opening Times

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

We are closed on the following days: over Easter, 17 September, 26 November 2016.

Things people with Down's Syndrome are tired of hearing...

ukdhm_top-banner_01Disability and Language

Looking at the language used to describe disabled people, the language disabled use to express themselves. This includes literature, history, oral history and coverage in the newspapers and other print media.

Trees of Normansfield



Some trees were probably here in the time of Dr John Langdon Down. More photographs here.

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BMA Meeting 1873 at Normansfield. Kingston History Centre 1







Menu for a meeting of the British Medical Association at Normansfield on 9 August 1873.

With thanks to Kingston History Centre.


According to the Londonist we are one of West London’s Best Unsung Museums

Other films about the history of learning disability can be seen here.

Watch the Transitions Art Group Cabinets of Curiosity project which initially took inspiration from artworks and objects in the Normansfield Theatre and Langdon Down Museum back in September 2015.

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The History of Place delivery team are looking for volunteers with enquiring minds. You could help us with a ground-breaking national project which will celebrate the lives of deaf & disabled people through history. Come and join our Volunteer Research and Archive Group, carry out research in local and private archives as part of this Heritage Lottery Funded project. Your discoveries will be shared through our website, films, games and exhibitions at M Shed, Museum of Liverpool and the V&A. We welcome applications from deaf and disabled people. For details see here.


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Normansfield Theatre Talk and Tour

10am to 12 noon Saturday 15 October 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

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You can download our children’s trail here or pick up a free copy in the museum

Childrens trail A4 download

Childrens trail

‘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.


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