Forthcoming talks, tours and events

MUSEUM & THEATRE OPEN DAY

Next date to be announced

 

11am Talk: Dr John Langdon Down & Normansfield

The life of the Victorian physician Dr John Langdon Down and his family where a revolutionary and enlightened approach was developed for the care of people with learning disabilities.

1pm – 2pm Tour of the museum and theatre

The archivist will give a 60 minute talk and tour around the museum and theatre.

This events are free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.


MUSEUM & THEATRE OPEN DAY

10AM–5PM SATURDAY DATE TO BE CONFIRMED

11am Talk and walk: The Farm at Normansfield

In this talk, new research about the farm at Normansfield will be presented in plans and photographs. Until now it has been almost impossible to understand the layout and location of the original farm areas and buildings as these have long disappeared.

The talk will be followed by a walk around the original area.

While at Earlswood, Langdon Down acquired some knowledge of farm management. The Normansfield farm was started in 1877 and played a large part in the running of the institution until after the Second World War. Many animals were kept including pigs and cattle, and the farm provided food such as pork, eggs and milk. It became a centre for pig production and the Normansfield Large White became well known. A herd of cows was added concentrating on the Dexter breed. On the site were farm buildings, an orchard and areas for animals and pasture.

Speaker: Steve Astell has been a member of several U3A Shared Learning Projects at the Langdon Down Museum. His research into the farm was part of the 2018/2019 research project Local suppliers to Normansfield – 1868 to the 1930s. This project covered the the farm, electric lighting, the laundry, musical instruments, weaving, photography and kitchen supplies. This research can be found on the museum website.

1pm – 2pm Tour of the museum and theatre

The archivist will give a 60 minute talk and tour around the museum and theatre.

This events are free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.


 

 

Getting the world excited about medicine

The museum will be open for an event in May 2020.

Through a series of city based festivals MED aims to celebrate the best of what medicine offers, provide a platform to educate and share ideas, and to inspire people about future innovations in healthcare.


OPEN HOUSE LONDON 2020

Saturday 19 September 2020

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

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