Previous Events 2012

28 January 2012 | Museum opens. Langdon Down Museum opened by the Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Head.

5 May 2012 | Conference: Normansfield -Past Present and Future. The conference explored the history of Normansfield and its collections through historical research, archiving and personal experience.

6 July 2012 | Exhibition: Pullen – Ships of Reality and the Imagination Opens. Exhibition opened by the Rt Hon Dr Vincent Cable MP.

The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) is delighted to announce that we have received a Heritage Lottery Fund, Your Heritage grant totalling £45,900 towards a 12 month project to deliver a permanent exhibition and programme of associated activities based around the work of James Henry Pullen called “Pullen: Ships of Reality and the Imagination”. The exhibition will be held in the exhibition space at the Langdon Down Centre in Teddington. See our press release in the News section. For further details see exhibition

31 July 2012 | Pullen Talk 1. Earlswood, Asylums for Idiot Children & Learning Disabilities in Victorian England. This talk discussed the establishment and early history of medical institutions for children with learning disabilities, facilities that were originally termed ‘asylums for idiots’. It placed the emergence of these institutions within a broader Victorian context, illuminating the contemporary medical interest in childhood disabilities as well as examining the identification of ‘Mongolism’ by John Langdon Down when he was superintendent of the Earlswood Asylum. Speaker: David Wright is Professor of the History of Medicine at McGill University, Montreal. He is author of Mental Disability in Victorian England: The Earlswood Asylum 1847-1901 and Downs: the history of a disability (Oxford University Press, 2011).

4 September 2012 | Pullen Talk 2. The Life of James Henry Pullen. Speaker: Conor Ward, FRCP, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at University College, Dublin. He is a Patron of the Langdon Down Museum. Following a career in paediatric cardiology Professor Ward specialised in medical history. His special interest in Down’s Syndrome originated in a responsibility for the clinical care of children with Down’s syndrome and congenital heart disease. He was awarded a PhD in medical history in 1999. He is the author of the book Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield, two other medical history books, and has published over 30 medical history articles.

16 October 2012 | Pullen Talk 3. The Life and Works of James Henry Pullen. A talk looking at the objects made by Pullen. Speaker: Freda Knight was previously the curator and chairman of the Royal Earlswood Museum Committee which cared for the Pullen collection of artifacts.

20 November 2012 | Pullen Talk 4. The Earlswood Archive and Mr Pullen. A talk about the Royal Earlswood Asylum and James Henry Pullen archives at the Surrey History Centre in Woking. Speaker: Julian Pooley is a Team Leader for the Heritage Public Services at the Surrey History Centre.