Langdon Down died on October 7th 1896. He had had a severe illness in 1890. He had failed physically but was back at work and his death was unexpected. When his funeral procession passed through Hampton Wick and Kingston, shops closed with curtains drawn and people stood in silent tribute on the pavements. He was cremated and his ashes were brought back to Normansfield. When Mary Langdon Down died in 1901 his ashes and hers were placed together on the stage for her final funeral service. There is no stone to mark the place where the ashes were scattered but their greatest memorial was the lasting imprint which they left on the public perception of what could and should be done for the learning disabled, both in the scientific and social fields. The theatre which they built is today a listed building and it stands as a permanent memorial in stone to their great work.
OPEN HOUSE LONDON / KNOW YOUR PLACE FESTIVAL
12PM–5PM SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2019
You are welcome to look around on your own or join a talk or tour:
Talk at 12.30pm: Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield
Talk at 2.30pm: Normansfield Theatre
Tours of museum and theatre at 1.30pm and 3.30pm
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.
MUSEUM & THEATRE OPEN DAY
10AM–5PM SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2019
Talk & tour 11am – 12.00pm: Historic European Theatres Day & Normansfield Theatre
1pm – 2pm Tour of the museum and theatre.
© The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability and the Langdon Down Centre are owned and
managed by the Down’s Syndrome Association. Registered Charity no 1061474