The museum and theatre are open on the following Saturdays between 10am and 5pm:
New exhibition room – photos of productions of the 19th/20th Century & photographs of Normansfield theatre today.
Exceptional & Extraordinary invited four artists to explore behind the scenes of eight of the UK’s renowned medical museums and – in collaboration with experts in medical history, disability and museums – to produce a series of thought-provoking new commissions that examine our attitudes towards difference with the aim of stimulating debate around the implications of a society that values some lives more than others.
Initiated and led by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG), University of Leicester, Exceptional & Extraordinary was funded by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.
See Unruly Bodies
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.
Museum & theatre next open: 10am-5pm Saturday 13 May
Talk: James Henry Pullen
The Genius of Earlswood Asylum
Saturday 13 May | 11.00am – 12.00pm
A talk about the life of James Henry Pullen, (1835-1916), a resident of the Royal Earlswood Asylum near Redhill. In his lifetime he was said to have the condition of savant syndrome though today he may have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Condition. Pullen created model ships including Brunel’s Great Eastern and the warship, Princess Alexandra. Also on display are his pictorial autobiography, imaginary ships, paintings and models along with a short film about his life. Cost: Free.
See Talks and Tours
Download a copy of our talks and tours leaflet here. Museum Talks And Tours Leaflet 2017
You can download our children’s trail here or pick up a free copy in the museum