2018 / 2019 Museum & Theatre Open Days

Open House London 12.00 – 5pm Sunday 23 September

10am-5pm on Saturdays:
20 October, 3 November, 9 February, 16 March

Talk at Hampton Wick Library Thursday 20 September

An exhibition about Normansfield’s history from 1868 to the present day organised by the Friends of Hampton Wick Library.

Hampton Wick Library

Bennet Close, Hampton Wick, KT1 4AT

Tuesday 19 June – Sunday 28 October | Watts Gallery

James Henry Pullen: Inmate – Inventor – Genius explores the life and imagination of James Henry Pullen (1835 – 1916), examining the creative escapism of an outsider artist who during his own lifetime attracted royal attention. Dubbed by Victorian journalists as ‘the genius of Earlswood Asylum’ Pullen saw his fantastical works escape the confines of the asylums, where he was incarcerated continuously for nearly 70 years, to travel to international exhibitions.

Bringing together newly restored works – and drawing on new research – this exhibition will shine a light on Pullen’s life and work to offer a new perspective on an artist of wit and inventiveness who has been largely forgotten. It will also examine the broader context in which Pullen was working – the world of nineteenth-century science, technology and psychiatry.

See reviews: The Guardian  The Victorian Web The Spectator

  Without Walls

Disability and Innovation in Building Design

This exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London includes two photographs from the Langdon Down Museum.

Other images in the exhibition include original architectural drawings of the main building and boathouse by Rowland Plumbe.

Exhibition at the V&A on now until 21 October 2018. Rooms 128a & 127.

Open House London Sunday 23 September

Open House London 2018

Sunday 23 September 2018

Open 12.00pm to 5pm. Last entry 4.30pm.

We are open to join this London-wide annual event.

You are welcome to look around on your own or join a talk or tour:

  • Talks at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
  • Tours at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Max 15 people at one time. Tickets on first come basis.

Free talks and tours. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

Open House London

See Talks and Tours




Research project: The Staff who worked at Normansfield, 1868 – 1997

Research conducted by members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) from September 2017 to April 2018.

This project researched a series of life stories of staff who worked at Normansfield. Staff duties were very wide-ranging and included chaplains, governesses, medical/care staff, farm workers, maintenance staff and teachers.

Employment at Normansfield or do you have the attributes to be employed at Normansfield?

The Laundry and Linen

Frances Mary Palling, Governess

Early Chaplains at Normansfield

Staff and the First World War

William Henry Briggs: Engineer, Furnace Stoker and Stationary Engineer

Normansfield Theatre and the staff

Memories of Normansfield, Summer 1977




  The Normansfield Bills

An article by local historian Ken Howe


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