Talks and Tours

Our talks and tours explore the history and work of Dr John Langdon Down and his home at Normansfield where he brought an enlightened and revolutionary approach to the care of people with learning disabilities.

Please see the menu below for forthcoming talks and how to arrange a talk for a group.

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The Landscape of Normansfield

11.00am – 12.30pm Saturday 20 October 2018

A 1½ hour talk and walk around the grounds to see the landscape of Normansfield including the wide variety of trees, many planted when Dr John Langdon Down came first came here in 1868. He planted extensively to create a rich landscape at his new institution for those with learning disabilities. His view being that the outside environment of trees, shrubs, paths and seating was essential in offering residents the benefit of healthy walks and fresh air. The site includes long avenues of trees planted in the Victorian period.

Free talk. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

For more talks and events see: Forthcoming talks & tours