Museum Events and News

Hampton Wick Talk
The History of Normansfield Hospital
Wednesday, 11 September 2013. 7:00 pm
A talk by the archivist at the Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability, about the work at the museum and the fascinating and inspiring history of Normansfield Hospital. This talk is part of the ‘Know Your Place’ heritage festival that is happening across the borough.
Hampton Wick Library, Bennett Close KT1 4AT.
Tickets £2.00 booking essential.
For further information see Hampton Wick Association
Normansfield Theatre Talk and Tour
10-12 Saturday 14 September 2013
We’re now able to provide detailed tours of the theatre and scenery. Tours will include:
• a detailed 45 minute presentation about the theatre and its history
• a guided walk through the theatre and back rooms
• viewing a limited number of restored Victorian pieces of scenery
Light refreshments will be provided.
Cost: £10 per person. Participants must book their place in advance on 0333 1212 300
Open House London Weekend
Sunday 22 September 12-4pm.
Admission: free.
We will be open on Sunday this year with tours of the theatre and museum at 12.30, 1.30 and 2.30pm.
Normansfield Theatre is a Grade II* listed Victorian theatre, dating back to 1879. Originally called an “Entertainment Hall”, it is now recognized as one of the most important private theatres existing in Britain. The stage is of historical significance as one of only two from the Victorian era, with the fully working scene changing system.
Normansfield Hospital Oral History Project
The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability is carrying out an oral history project to record the memories, stories and thoughts of those who had a connection to Normansfield Hospital. All those who lived, worked or had a relative at Normansfield are very welcome to contribute. The result will be an important record of social history in the area. If you would like to take part please contact Ian Jones-Healey, Archivist. Email:
The Langdon Down Museum
The museum is open on Mondays from 2-5 and on Saturdays from 9.30-1.30.
We now have a new display of Victorian photographs on show of the Normansfield buildings, farm, grounds and river.