Museum & Theatre Opening Days

Next open days from 10am – 5pm on Saturdays:

24 February

31 March

5 May

World Down Syndrome Day Open House 21 March

Join us to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day 2018 at a special Open House event at the Langdon Down Centre

21 March 2018

All are welcome to our Open House from 3.00-5.30pm

Learn about the history of Down’s syndrome, the work of the DSA and meet our staff team.

Watch the DSA live at the UN.

Talks, tours and activities for all the family available.

Local group, 21&Co will be performing at 4.30pm

Tours will be available at 3.15pm, 4.00pm, 6.15pm.  If you’d like to book on to one of our tours, please do let us know the time so we can book you a place.

From 6.00pm please stay for light refreshments and from 7.00pm there will be a special DSA Showcase and presentations.

Hear about our transformational work in Employment, Sport, Education and the launch of a brand new book “A Major Adjustment” by Andy Merriman.  Andy and his daughter Sarah will be here to sign copies of the book purchased on the day.

Please RSVP to to confirm your attendance at the evening reception and reserve your free glass of bubbly.

Open House Event at the Langdon Down Centre

Museum Talk: The History of Normansfield’s Buildings

11am Saturday 24 February 2018

A one hour talk about the development of the buildings at Normansfield from 1868 until 2016 using maps, architectural drawings and photographs.

Normansfield was the home and institution developed by the famous Victorian physician Dr John Langdon Down and his family where a revolutionary and enlightened approach was developed for the care, education and training of people with learning disabilities.

When he arrived in 1868 he bought the White House and over the coming years extended the building. The theatre John and Mary Langdon Down created has been restored and is still in use today with a large Victorian scenery collection.

On the 42 acre site, they set up a farm and workshops with a boat house on the Thames. In 1951 Normansfield became an NHS hospital with new residential buildings including a school, arts centre and hydrotherapy pool. Since its closure in 1997 much of the site has been converted to housing and part of the original building is now home to the Down’s Syndrome Association.

The talk includes new research carried out through a recent U3A project.

Cost: Free. Booking not required.

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