Forthcoming talks & tours

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Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield

11.00am – 12.00pm Saturday 2 June 2018

A one hour talk about the life and work of Dr John Langdon Down and his institution at Normansfield which brought a revolutionary and enlightened approach to the care of those with learning disabilities. Includes the history of Normansfield from 1868 until its closure as an NHS hospital in 1997.

Free talk. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

The Residents of Normansfield

11.00am – 12.00pm Saturday 28 July 2018

The stories of the residents who lived in Normansfield from 1868 when it first opened, to the closure of the institution as an NHS hospital in 1997.

Developed by Dr John Langdon Down and his wife Mary it was run for 102 years by the Langdon Down family.

Residents with learning disabilities who lived in the institution were offered a revolutionary and enlightened approach to their care. They received a special education as well as a training in horticulture and carpentry.

They enjoyed a home from home, with holidays, sports, entertainments and church services in the theatre. Some lived in Normansfield for a few years while for others it was a life-long home.

Free talk. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

  

Great Names in the Social History of Learning Disability

11.00am – 12.00pm Saturday 18 August 2018

A talk about some of the great names in the social history of learning disability, from the early 19th Century to the present day. Those who brought improvements to the education, training, care and rights of those with learning disabilities.

Open House London 2018

Sunday 23 September 2018 | Open 12.00pm to 5pm. Last entry 4.30pm.

We are open to join this London-wide annual event.

You are welcome to look around on your own or join a talk or tour:

  • Talks at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
  • Tours at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Max 15 people at one time. Tickets on first come basis.

Free talks and tours. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

The Staff of Normansfield

11.00am – 12.30pm Saturday 3 November 2018

This talk is based on research from a U3A Shared Learning Project conducted in 2017/2018. The project looked at the lives of the staff who worked at Normansfield between 1868 and 1997. Staff duties at Normansfield were wide-ranging according and included governesses, medical and care staff, farm workers, maintenance staff and teachers.

Free talk. Booking not required. Donations welcome.