London Metropolitan Archives 

Express Yourself!

The 4th LMA Disability History Conference

Fri 23 November 2018 | 10:30 – 15:30


London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB


LMA’s Disability History Conferences brings to together heritage organisations, academics and grassroots groups to discuss themes in disability history. The Focus for this year is access to heritage and links cultural and creative expression.

How Disabled People Have Shaped Buildings From London’s Past And Are Designing Radical Modern Spaces

The Londonist website

Disabled people have been shaping building design since at least the late 18th century. Once this was the exception rather than the rule, but in modern times, insights from disabled commissioners and architects are helping offer solutions that create more human-centred cities, working for a much broader population

London is home both to buildings created by visionary architects and thinkers of the past, and to cutting edge modern architecture which goes well beyond ramps and loos to offer space age new innovations. Kate Smith from History of Place, explores.

12 October 2018


Research project: The Staff who worked at Normansfield, 1868 – 1997

Research conducted by members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) from September 2017 to April 2018.

This project researched a series of life stories of staff who worked at Normansfield. Staff duties were very wide-ranging and included chaplains, governesses, medical/care staff, farm workers, maintenance staff and teachers.

Employment at Normansfield or do you have the attributes to be employed at Normansfield?

The Laundry and Linen

Frances Mary Palling, Governess

Early Chaplains at Normansfield

Staff and the First World War

William Henry Briggs: Engineer, Furnace Stoker and Stationary Engineer

Normansfield Theatre and the staff

Memories of Normansfield, Summer 1977

Friends of Hampton Wick Library

An exhibition about Normansfield’s history from 1868 to the present day organised by the Friends of Hampton Wick Library.

July to November 2018. This exhibition has now finished.

Hampton Wick Library

Bennet Close, Hampton Wick, KT1 4AT

James Henry Pullen Inmate – Inventor – Genius

19 June 2018 – 28 October 2018 Watts Gallery

The Watts Gallery says:

This exhibition, the first ever gallery show devoted to Pullen’s work, highlights a frequently unseen part of the nineteenth and early twentieth-century art world. Drawing on Pullen’s newly transcribed psychiatric case notes and in-depth research into his biographical and psychiatric context, it explores the life and imagination of an artist who became the archetype of the ‘savant’, a category with continuing resonance in how we conceptualise artists today. At the same time, it seeks to prompt a reassessment of Pullen himself, emphasising his status not as a mechanical copyist but as an innovative artist of imagination and wit.

It will be accompanied by a specially commissioned film, directed by Gilly Booth of HiJack Films. Displayed in the exhibition space, the film will allow visitors to get a close look at these intricate and detailed small-scale pieces, in particular showcasing two kinetic works in motion. The film will also offer a privileged insight into the process of conserving Pullen’s ‘Rotary Barge’, a design for a ship that would never capsize. Having been in a significant state of disrepair for several years, the ‘Rotary Barge’ will be specially repaired and restored for this exhibition by the experienced modelmaker Henry Milner.

As well as enriching the exhibition’s interpretation, the film will reflect this exhibition’s collaborative ethos and its firm location in the heart of Surrey by showcasing the physical spaces associated with Pullen: Earlswood itself, in Redhill, the Langdon Down Centre, Teddington and the Surrey History Centre, in Woking.

Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Surrey, GU3 1DQ

Without Walls

Disability and Innovation in Building Design

This exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London includes two photographs from the Langdon Down Museum.

Other images in the exhibition include original architectural drawings of the main building and boathouse by Rowland Plumbe.

Exhibition at the V&A on now until 21 October 2018. Rooms 128a & 127.

Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past

The scenery stored at Normansfield is unique, it’s as remarkable as the theatre itself.

The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) received £85,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its exciting project: ‘Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past’ in July 2015.