Opening Times

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

For maintenance work the theatre will have very restricted access on Saturday 15 August.

News and Developments

World Down Syndrome Congress. 19 – 21 August 2015 Chennai, India. Participants from countries across the globe meet, share knowledge, experiences and perhaps open new frontiers in improving the lives of people with Down’s syndrome. The Congress focuses on Panchtatvas – Social Awareness & Self Determination, Health, Education & Employment, Support System, Rights and the Law for people with Down’s Syndrome. The Congress opened with the world premiere of ‘Langdon Down, The Legacy’:  a short film about the extraordinary Victorian building in London which is home to DSA UK.  Built by Dr John Langdon Down in 1868 as a place where people with learning disabilities could be cared for and educated, it is widely regarded as the ‘spiritual home’ of Down’s Syndrome.

JLD Indenture

John Langdon Down’s indenture to his father

Document kindly donated in June 2015 by John Langdon Down’s great grandson Michael Brain

Web site post card 2 300 dpi

‘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.

Exceptional and Extraordinary

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.

Angel Shed

We are developing a project with Angel Shed for 2016.

Last minute

We are one of’s 100 Inspiring Places! have listed the Langdon Down Museum and Normansfield Theatre as one of their inspiring 100 places to visit in London. See



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

See Talks and Tours in 2015

Building December 2013 1

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.



U3A Project 2014

Long stay Institutions for People with Learning Disabilities

Read the report on Earlswood

U3A Project 2016 to be announced later this year


History@Kingston Blog

History@Kingston Blog Mar 15

A Social History of Learning Disability: Langdon Down Museum

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.


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