Previous Events 2013

A one day conference jointly organised by the London Metropolitan Archives and English Heritage from 10.00 am – 4.30 pm on Friday 22 March 2013. Archives and historic buildings offer important resources for uncovering the histories of disabled people. Come and share experiences with a range of research projects. Discuss ways in which disabled people are documenting their own histories. The event was held at London Metropolitan Archives, 40, Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB.

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Talk by Deborah Cohen on her new book. Family Secrets: Living with Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day. Monday 24 June 2013.What did families keep secret in the past – and why? Drawing upon scores of previously sealed records, the prize-winning historian Deborah Cohen offers a sweeping account of how shame has changed over the last two centuries. She will delve into the familial dynamics of shame and guilt – focusing in particular on the story of Normansfield and learning disabilities – to investigate the part that families have played in the transformation of social mores from the Victorian era to the present day. Born into a family with its own fair share of secrets, Deborah Cohen was raised in Kentucky and educated at Harvard and Berkeley. She teaches at Northwestern University. Her last book was the award-winning Household Gods, a history of the British love- affair with the home. See Guardian Review

The History of Normansfield Hospital | Wednesday, 11 September 2013. 7:00 pm A talk by Ian Jones-Healey, archivist at the Langdon Down Museum of learning disability, about his work at the museum and the fascinating and inspiring history of Normansfield Hospital. This talk is part of the ‘Know Your Place’ heritage festival that is happening across the borough. Hampton Wick Library – Bennett Close KT1 4AT Wednesday 11th September, 7.00-8.00pm
For further information see Hampton Wick Association

Normansfield Theatre Talk and Tour | 10-12 Saturday 14 September 2013. We’re now able to provide detailed tours of the theatre and scenery. Tours will include: a detailed 45 minute presentation about the theatre and its history; a guided walk through the theatre and back rooms; viewing a limited number of restored Victorian pieces of scenery.

Normansfield and the Local Community 1891. Talk by Ray Elmitt. 8pm Monday 2 December 2013.
The Alan Urwin Memorial Lecture. Borough of Twickenham Local History. St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street, Twickenham.

The Giant of Earlswood | 7.30pm Sunday – Tuesday 1 – 3 December 2013 | Normansfield Theatre | Drama St Mary’s Theatre, St Mary’s University College

Drama St Mary’s present the life and times of the one, the only James Henry Pullen, savant, friend of royalty, admiral of the fleet, carpenter extraordinaire, and the undisputed genius of Earlswood asylum

It will be an evening of songs, sketches, jokes old and new as they uncover the story and celebrate the life of James Henry Pullen who for sixty six years was both a resident at Earlswood and one of the most remarkable artists of his age. The giant is on permanent display in the Langdon Down Museum.