Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield
History of Learning Disability
Memorabilia and Oral History
Langdon Down Centre
The museum & theatre are open on Saturdays from 10-1 from February to November.
The theatre will not be open on 8 and 22 August.
News and Developments
John Langdon Down’s indenture to his father
Document kindly donated in June 2015 by John Langdon Down’s great grandson Michael Brain
‘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.
Present in My Past from Purple Patch Arts A brand new animation which brings to life the social history of people with learning disabilities and how they have been treated by society. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and developed in partnership with staff at The University of Leeds.
We are part of the Accentuate History of Place project that will investigate and animate eight important built heritage sites, with the objective of elevating this history to greater prominence.
We are part of the collaborative project, Exceptional & Extraordinary, initiated and led by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester. The project will be delivered in 2016.
We are developing a project with Angel Shed for 2016.
We are one of Lastminute.com’s 100 Inspiring Places! Lastminute.com have listed the Langdon Down Museum and Normansfield Theatre as one of their inspiring 100 places to visit in London. See Lastminute.com
NEXT TALK IN 2015
Open House London
11.30am – 4pm Sunday 20 September 2015
Tours – 12.30, 1.30 and 2.30pm
This annual event opens the doors to hundreds of buildings around London. The Langdon Down Centre will be open with guided tours of the museum and theatre. The event is free and does not require booking. Light refreshments can be purchased. See Open House London
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.
Long stay Institutions for People with Learning Disabilities
Read the report on Earlswood
U3A Project 2016 to be announced later this year
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.