Events in 2013
Talk by Deborah Cohen on her new book
Family Secrets: Living with Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day
6.30pm Monday 24 June 2013
What did families keep secret in the past - and why? Drawing upon scores of previously sealed records, the prize-winning historian Deborah Cohen offers a sweeping account of how shame has changed over the last two centuries. She will delve into the familial dynamics of shame and guilt - focusing in particular on the story of Normansfield and learning disabilities - to investigate the part that families have played in the transformation of social mores from the Victorian era to the present day.
Born into a family with its own fair share of secrets, Deborah Cohen was raised in Kentucky and educated at Harvard and Berkeley. She teaches at Northwestern University. Her last book was the award-winning Household Gods, a history of the British love- affair with the home.
Booking: Tickets £5
As places are limited please reserve a seat:
Email Lesley Alabaf at Lesley.Alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk or call 0333 1212 300
A one day conference jointly organised by the London Metropolitan Archives and English Heritage from 10.00 am - 4.30 pm on Friday 22 March 2013.
Archives and historic buildings offer important resources for uncovering the histories of disabled people. Come and share experiences with a range of research projects. Discuss ways in which disabled people are documenting their own histories.
The event will be held at London Metropolitan Archives, 40, Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB.
Events in 2012
20 November 2012 | Pullen Talk 4. The Earlswood Archive and Mr Pullen. A talk about the Royal Earlswood Asylum and James Henry Pullen archives at the Surrey History Centre in Woking. Speaker: Julian Pooley is a Team Leader for the Heritage Public Services at the Surrey History Centre.
16 October 2012 | Pullen Talk 3. The Life and Works of James Henry Pullen. A talk looking at the objects made by Pullen. Speaker: Freda Knight was previously the curator and chairman of the Royal Earlswood Museum Committee which cared for the Pullen collection of artifacts.
4 September 2012 | Pullen Talk 2. The Life of James Henry Pullen. Speaker: Conor Ward, FRCP, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at University College, Dublin. He is a Patron of the Langdon Down Museum. Following a career in paediatric cardiology Professor Ward specialised in medical history. His special interest in Down’s Syndrome originated in a responsibility for the clinical care of children with Down’s syndrome and congenital heart disease. He was awarded a PhD in medical history in 1999. He is the author of the book Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield, two other medical history books, and has published over 30 medical history articles.
31 July 2012 | Pullen Talk 1. Earlswood, Asylums for Idiot Children & Learning Disabilities in Victorian England. This talk discussed the establishment and early history of medical institutions for children with learning disabilities, facilities that were originally termed ‘asylums for idiots’. It placed the emergence of these institutions within a broader Victorian context, illuminating the contemporary medical interest in childhood disabilities as well as examining the identification of ‘Mongolism’ by John Langdon Down when he was superintendent of the Earlswood Asylum. Speaker: David Wright is Professor of the History of Medicine at McGill University, Montreal. He is author of Mental Disability in Victorian England: The Earlswood Asylum 1847-1901 and Downs: the history of a disability (Oxford University Press, 2011).
6 July 2012 | Exhibition: Pullen - Ships of Reality and the Imagination Opens. Exhibition opened by the Rt Hon Dr Vincent Cable MP.
The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is delighted to announce that we have received a Heritage Lottery Fund, Your Heritage grant totalling £45,900 towards a 12 month project to deliver a permanent exhibition and programme of associated activities based around the work of James Henry Pullen called “Pullen: Ships of Reality and the Imagination”. The exhibition will be held in the exhibition space at the Langdon Down Centre in Teddington. See our press release in the News section. For further details see exhibition
5 May 2012 | Conference: Normansfield -Past Present and Future. The conference explored the history of Normansfield and its collections through historical research, archiving and personal experience.
28 January 2012 | Museum opens. Langdon Down Museum opened by the Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Head.