Creating a Museum: A Work in Progress
10.00 – 11.30am Saturday 19 March 2016
This talk explains how we developed the Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability.
In five years we have developed the archive, obtained artifacts, joined museum organisations, created new displays and successfully obtained grants. We have completed two U3A research projects and started a third this year. The museum now receives about 35 group visits a year and promotes it’s work through social media. Our team of four dedicated volunteers work on projects and greet visitors on open days. Recently we appeared in the BBC Great British Railway Journeys.
This talk will be of interest to: those working in museums, studying heritage or with a general interest in how museums work.
Normansfield Theatre Talk and Tour
10am to 12 noon Saturday 21 May 2016
A one hour talk about Normansfield’s Grade II* listed Victorian theatre. The talk will discuss why it came to be built and its purpose in the daily life of the hospital. The fixtures and fittings will be examined in detail. There will be a guided walk around the theatre, stage and back rooms. Also on show will be a selection of restored Victorian flats depicting a variety of scenery. Light refreshments will be provided.
Exceptional and Extraordinary. Hold the Hearse!
Normansfield Theatre 7pm Tuesday 7 June 2016
James Henry Pullen: The Genius of Earlswood Asylum
10-11am Saturday 9 July 2016
A talk about the life of James Henry Pullen, (1835-1916), a resident of the Royal Earlswood Asylum near Redhill, who is believed to have had the condition of savant syndrome. Known as the Genius of Earlswood Asylum, Pullen created a series of ships including a model of Brunel’s Great Eastern and the Princess Alexandra, a 40 gun man of war. The talk will also look in detail at his pictorial autobiography, imaginary ships and paintings. This will be followed by a viewing of a short film made about Pullen and a guided tour of the objects, models and paintings in the museum. Cost: Free.
Talk at the Open University Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group Conference 2016
OU SHLD Conference 2016: Exploring Learning Disability: Why history? 7 and 8 July 2016 | The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes. Blog Post: Why History?
In the Footsteps of Dr John Langdon Down
A Walk Around Normansfield
10am to 12noon Saturday 3 September 2016
This tour will begin with a talk about the development of Normansfield and its history through maps and photographs. The group will then set out for a walk around the original Normansfield site locating the position of lost buildings and finding those that remain. This one hour walk is mostly along pavements but will also include some rough paths and grassed areas. The total distance is about one mile. Light refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk. Cost: Free.
Open House London
Sunday 18 September 2016 | Open: 12 – 4pm
Tours: 12.30, 1.30 and 2.30pm
This annual event opens the doors to hundreds of buildings around London. The Langdon Down Centre will be open with guided tours of the museum and theatre. The event is free and does not require booking. Light refreshments can be purchased.
Normansfield Theatre Talk and Tour
10am to 12 noon Saturday 15 October 2016
A one hour talk about Normansfield’s Grade II* listed Victorian theatre. The talk will discuss why it came to be built and its purpose in the daily life of the hospital. The fixtures and fittings will be examined in detail. There will be a guided walk around the theatre, stage and back rooms. Also on show will be a selection of restored Victorian flats depicting a variety of scenery. Light refreshments will be provided. Cost: £10 per person.
Great Names in the Social History of Learning Disability
Saturday 11am -12 noon Saturday 12 November 2016
Past examples of good ideas and practice are very relevant today. Has the legacy of these thinkers and reformers been fulfilled? In the communities set up by Dr John Langdon Down, Karl König (Camphill Movement), Jean Vanier (L’Arche) and the Rev Andrew Reed (Earlswood Asylum). The new thinking and research of Hans Asperger, Wolf Wolfensberger, Édouard Séguin and Dr John Conolly. The campaigning of Brian Rix. Cost: Free.