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U3A Shared Learning Project 2016
Project for 2016: The history of Normansfield’s buildings
Exploring the history of Normansfield’s buildings and their rooms, we will research the development of the site from 1868. When and why were they built, at what cost, when demolished, what used for through the years, who lived and worked in them. We will create site maps, produce a timeline illustrated with photographs, research in museums and archives and talk to local residents.
We ask volunteers to:
Come to the preliminary meeting with a 1.5 hour tour of the site on 9th December 2015. This will be led by the resident Normansfield archivist, Ian Jones-Healey. Ian will be fully involved with the project; he has been most helpful during the previous projects.
Be available to attend all meetings at Normansfield between 11am and 1pm on the following Wednesdays: 20 January, 3 & 17 February, 2 & 16 March; 6 & 20April. The presentation will be on 20 April, with the 6 April being used for a practise run through and improvement of the presentation.
Visit local history archives as required in Greater London and / or the Home Counties.
Work on the project between meetings.
Be computer literate: Microsoft Office. Use the internet and email.
What’s in it for you?
To work as part of team and develop your knowledge and skills.
To make a contribution to the history of Normansfield. Material will be used on the museum website, blog, in talks and kept in the archives for future researchers.
Why we want you
We need volunteers to produce original research that contributes to our knowledge of the social history of learning disability and Normansfield.
Location for meetings
Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability, The Langdon Down Centre, Normansfield, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 9PS.
Nearest BR station: Hampton Wick, then a 10 minute walk. Buses: 281 and 285 stop outside. Free parking.
2.30pm Talk: Finding Ivy: From Belonging and alienation and back again
Speakers: Helen Atherton and Florian Schwanninger
The story of one victim of the Aktion T4 programme. Ivy was born in the UK and in 1930 went to live in an institution in Vienna. In the summer of 1940 she was killed at Hartheim castle near Linz. Different historical material has been used to tell Ivy’s story including photographs, church records, census reports and newspapers.
3.30pm Aktion T4: A documentary film
The Aktion T4 Nazi Euthanasia programme was responsible for the murder of approximately 275,000 people with learning disabilities.
In this 30 minute documentary film, Berge Kanikanian who has Down’s syndrome, travels to Poland and Germany to visit the sites of euthanasia centres and speaks to researchers and historians.
Please note this talk and film is not suitable for anyone under 16 years of age.