Opening Times

The museum and theatre are open on the following Saturdays between 10am and 5pm:

10 June

8 July

29 July

Normansfield Theatre Exhibition Room

New exhibition room

Photos of productions of the 19th/20th Century & photographs of Normansfield theatre today.

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 10 June

Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield

Saturday 10 June | 11am – 12.00pm

A talk about the life and work of Dr John Langdon Down and his institution at Normansfield which brought a revolutionary and enlightened approach to the care of those with learning disabilities. Includes the history of Normansfield from 1868 until its closure as an NHS hospital in 1997. Cost: Free

See Talks and Tours

Download a copy of our talks and tours leaflet here. Museum Talks And Tours Leaflet 2017

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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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