2018 Museum & Theatre Open Days

10am – 5pm on Saturdays: 5 May, 2 June, 28 July, 18 August, 20 October, 3 November

Open House London 12.00 – 5pm Sunday 23 September

The Balance of Rights

The Balance of Rights explores the challenges faced by people with learning disabilities in the UK today. The issues surrounding health, housing and employment are complex but point the discussion clearly towards the social equality agenda. The Balance of Rights brings together the many voices fighting for change and sheds an unflinching light on an issue left largely in the dark for the majority of our society.

The Balance of Rights from AF Film on Vimeo.

  Positive Energies

Positive Energies follows on from the hugely successful Shifting Perspectives exhibition, which explored the photographic representation of people with Down’s syndrome, challenging attitudes and prejudices and examining alternative representations of both adults and children.

Japanese photographer Fumio Nabata joins forces with Fiona Yaron-Field and Richard Bailey to create an exhibition that asks us to question the society that we have created and how this is reflected in the narrowness of mainstream representations of those considered beautiful and valuable.

  The Normansfield Bills

An article by local historian Ken Howe

  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.

Museum Event

  Normansfield Theatre talk and tour

10.30am – 12.00pm Saturday 5 May 2018

A talk on the history of Normansfield’s Grade II* listed Victorian theatre that opened in 1879 and is a venue today for drama, concerts and opera. Your visit includes a walk around the theatre and back rooms. On view will be part of the scenery store of restored original Victorian side flats. Using our interactive touch screen catalogue you can view the 150 items of scenery stored in the building that include beautiful backcloths, side flats, top borders and props. Light refreshments. Cost: £10. Booking required: Call: 0333 1212 300 or email: Lesley Alabaf. lesley.alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk

See Talks and Tours

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You can download our children’s trail here or pick up a free copy in the museum

Childrens trail A4 download

Childrens trail

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