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.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY EVENT
Remembering Aktion T4
Monday 27 January 2020 | Museum open 2pm – 5pm
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.
This event is free. Booking not required.
See: Talks and Tours
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