Opening Times

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

We are closed over Easter and on Saturday 30 April 2016.


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

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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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Open University Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group

The Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group, based in the Faculty of Health & Social Care at The Open University, is committed to researching and disseminating learning disability history in ways which are inclusive of people with learning disabilities, their carers, relatives and advocates.

OU SHLD Conference 2016: Exploring Learning Disability: Why history? 7 and 8 July 2016 | The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes. Blog Post: Why History?


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Normansfield Theatre Talk and Tour

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.

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‘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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