Open Days

10am-5pm on Saturdays:

26 October

30 November

United Response Art Exhibition

  Art exhibition

Richmond and Kingston United Response art group

Puppets, textiles, portraits and masks.

Until Christmas 2019

United Response provide activities for people with learning disabilities such as fitness, games, cooking, trips and arts and crafts.

See: Richmond and Kingston United Response

  Living with a learning disability

Take this Open University interactive to find out if people with learning disabilities have more independence now institutions are closed and if it has led to a greater inclusion within local communities. How would you feel if you couldn’t choose what clothes you wanted to wear or buy? Find out for yourself, as this is just one of the scenarios covered in our interactive. Select here to begin the interactive… 

The Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group is based in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University

  DSA: Celebrating our 50th anniversary

In the last 50 years, people with Down’s syndrome have made amazing strides forward. That’s why we want to make 2020, the DSA’s 50th anniversary, a year of celebration. We’ll be celebrating the stories of people with Down’s syndrome who have lived, thrived and succeeded through the last 50 years. We’ll also be celebrating the role that the Down’s Syndrome Association has played, and continues to play, in radically changing the landscape for people with Down’s syndrome … in education, health, employment and awareness, and understanding in society as a whole.

Do you know someone with Down’s syndrome in their 50s or over? We want to hear their story! 

Please get in touch with us if you know a person with Down’s syndrome who is aged fifty or over.

We would like them to tell their stories or for you to share them with us… we want to know:

  • About their lives now and how they got there;
  • What they love;
  • Their achievements and the challenges they may have faced and overcome;
  • The important people in their lives; and
  • What matters to them most.

If you know someone who has got a story to tell or would simply like to talk about their life over the past 50 years or so, email and tell us a bit about them.

Talks, tours & events



Talk & tour 11am – 12.00pm: Historic European Theatres Day & Normansfield Theatre

Historic European Theatres Day (Friday 25 October) is celebrated annually. This event the following day on Saturday 26 October includes a talk about Normansfield Theatre and the European Route of Historic Theatres and Perspectiv – the Association of Historic Theatres in Europe.

The talk will be followed by a tour around the theatre including a viewing of the historic scenery collection.

Using our interactive touch screen you can view the catalogue of 150 items of scenery in storage that include beautiful backcloths, side flats, top borders and props. The visit will also show a short film about a recent project to re-photograph the scenery collection.

1pm – 2pm Tour of the museum and theatre

The archivist will give a 60 minute talk and tour around the museum and theatre.

This events are free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

See Talks and Tours

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