• A portrait of John Langdon Down by Sydney Hodges (1829 -1900).
  • The main Normansfield building
  • The grounds around Normansfield
  • The restored Theatre is now used regularly for concerts and events.

Opening times

Until the end of November 2014: 2-5pm Mondays; 10am-1pm Saturdays. The theatre may not be open on Monday afternoons during academic term time.

From February 2015: 10am - 1pm Saturdays

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.


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.


A Resident of Normansfield: Dolly Freeman

Read Dolly's story here


U3A Project 2014

Long stay Institutions for People with Learning Disabilities

Where were long stay institutions and asylums for people with learning disabilities in the 19th and 20th centuries located in London and the Home Counties? How were they founded? How did they compare with each other and with Normansfield? How did living conditions and quality of care compare?

Research currently underway. Completion late 2014.


Talk | John Langdon Down | 8 November

Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield: The Social History of Learning Disability

11am to 12 noon Saturday 8 November 2014

A one hour talk about the life of Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield which brought a revolutionary and enlightened approach to the care of those with all forms of learning disability. The talk will look at the development and management of Normansfield from 1868 until its closure in 1997 and changes that have occurred in the care of people with disabilities. Light refreshments will be provided. Cost: £5 per person.

Talks and Tours in 2014/2015

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