Next Museum & Theatre Open Days

10am-5pm on Saturdays:

24 August

26 October

30 November

Open House London:

12pm –5pm Sunday 22 September

United Response Art Exhibition

  Art exhibition 5-9pm Thursday 22 August. All welcome.

Artwork by the Richmond and Kingston United Response art group.

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.

Next open days


10am to 5pm Saturday 24 August 2019

Tour of the museum and theatre at 12.30

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

This talk and tour is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.


12pm–5pm Sunday 22 September 2019

We are open to join Open House London and the Richmond upon Thames Know Your Place Festival.

You are welcome to look around on your own or join a talk or tour:

12.30pm talk: Dr John Langdon Down & Normansfield

2.30pm talk: Normansfield Theatre

1.30pm & 3.30pm: Tours of the museum & theatre 

This event is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

Know Your Place

The rich and vibrant history of Richmond upon Thames will be celebrated throughout September 2019 with the seventh annual Know Your Place heritage festival. An action packed events programme encompasses the whole borough, with events for all ages.

See Talks and Tours

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