Talks About Pullen

A series of free talks at the Langdon Down Museum

RESERVE A FREE PLACE AT THE TALK

As places are limited please reserve a seat by email at ian.jones-healey@downs-syndrome.org.uk or call 0208 614 5100

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6.30pm Tuesday 31 July 2012

Earlswood, Asylums for Idiot Children & Learning Disabilities in Victorian England

This talk will discuss the establishment and early history of medical institutions for children with learning disabilities, facilities that were originally termed ‘asylums for idiots’. It will place 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.

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).

Travel note:  The Kingston Road, A316, that runs alongside Normansfield will be open to traffic on 31 July and parking is available at the museum. The Olympic Cycling Time Trial taking place the following day will not affect access to the museum on the day of the talk.

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6.30pm Tuesday 4 September 2012

The Life of James Henry Pullen

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 Down’s syndrome children with 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.

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6.30pm Tuesday 16 October 2012

The Life of James Henry Pullen

Freda Knight was previously the curator and chairman of the Royal Earlswood Museum Committee which cared for the Pullen collection of artifacts.

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6.30 Tuesday 20 November 2012

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.

Julian Pooley is a Team Leader for the Heritage Public Services at the Surrey History Centre.