Forthcoming talks, tours and events

10AM–5PM SATURDAY 22 JUNE 2019

Family JLD in Court Dress  7-Mary-Langdon-Down

Talk 11am – 12.00pm: Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield

A 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.

This talk is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

Tour of the museum and theatre at 12.30

The archivist will give a 40 minute talk around the museum and theatre.

This tour is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.


MUSEUM & THEATRE OPEN DAY

10AM–5PM SATURDAY 20 JULY 2019

Talk and tour 11am – 1pm: In the Footsteps of Dr John Langdon Down

A talk using maps, architectural drawings and photographs to trace the development of the site. This is followed by a walk around the original Normansfield site locating the position of lost buildings and finding those that remain. The one hour walk is mostly along pavements but will also include some rough paths and grassed areas. The total distance is about one mile.

This event is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.


MUSEUM & THEATRE OPEN DAY

10AM–5PM SATURDAY 24 AUGUST 2019

 

 


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OPEN HOUSE LONDON

12PM–5PM SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

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

This event is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.


MUSEUM & THEATRE OPEN DAY

10AM–5PM SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER 2019

Talk & tour 11am – 12.30pm: Historic European Theatres Day & Normansfield Theatre

Historic European Theatres Day (Friday 25 October) is celebrated annually. This event the following day on Saturday 26 October includes a talk about Normansfield Theatre and the European Route of Historic Theatres and Perspectiv – the Association of Historic Theatres in Europe.

The talk will be followed by a tour around the theatre including a viewing of the historic scenery collection.

Using our interactive touch screen you can view the catalogue of 150 items of scenery in storage that include beautiful backcloths, side flats, top borders and props. The visit will also show a short film about a recent project to re-photograph the scenery collection.

This talk is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.


MUSEUM & THEATRE OPEN DAY

10AM–5PM SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2019

Talk 11am – 12.00pm: Royal Earlswood Asylum

The history of Earlswood where Dr John Langdon Down worked as Medical Superindendent from 1858 to 1868. It was here that he developed his ideas about care, education and training for people with learning disabilities. While at Earlswood he began his research and identified the condition in 1866 now known as Down’s syndrome.

This event is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.