The museum & theatre are open on Saturdays from 10am-1pm from February to November. We are closed over Easter. We are closed on Saturday 2 July and 26 November.
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.
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.
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?
James Henry Pullen: The Genius of Earlswood Asylum
10-11am Saturday 9 July 2016
A talk about the life of James Henry Pullen, (1835-1916), a resident of the Royal Earlswood Asylum near Redhill, who is believed to have had the condition of savant syndrome. Known as the Genius of Earlswood Asylum, Pullen created a series of ships including a model of Brunel’s Great Eastern and the Princess Alexandra, a 40 gun man of war. The talk will also look in detail at his pictorial autobiography, imaginary ships and paintings. This will be followed by a viewing of a short film made about Pullen and a guided tour of the objects, models and paintings in the museum. Cost: Free.
You can download our children’s trail here or pick up a free copy in the museum
‘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.