What To See

Discover the museum and theatre which tells the story of the Langdon Down family.

Explore the history of Normansfield and learning disability.

Copy of Family John Langdon Down  7-Mary-Langdon-Down

Main hall

  • Portrait of Dr John Langdon Down
  • Displays about the Langdon Down family
  • History of the Normansfield site
  • Books about Normansfield for sale


Front room 

  • Exhibition of Victorian photographs of Normansfield
  • Historical presentation (audio-visual): approximately 23 minutes


Main corridor

  • Displays on the history of Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield
  • Victorian residents, photography and research
  • Normansfield timeline


Normansfield Theatre

  • Victorian theatre with original fixtures and fittings
  • Displays on the history of the theatre and restoration work
  • Please note that as this is a working theatre it may not always be possible to access the theatre
  • You may walk onto the stage but please be careful especially of the steep steps

Theatre Room

  • Photographs of productions of the 19th/20th Century
  • Photographs of Normansfield theatre today

DSC00372  The Giant

Pullen’s Giant

Pullen’s Giant created for fete days at the Royal Earlswood Asylum near Redhill.

20-Male-staff  21-Nursing-staff


Displays about the Normansfield staff and lists of those who worked here

DSA 365 Richard Bailey  DSC00053

Photography and Paintings

  • My Perspective competition winners by photographers with Down’s syndrome
  • Shifting Perspectives project
  • The 365 photograph
  • Photography of Couples
  • Paintings by people with Down’s syndrome
  • Earlswood residents by Arthur Easton
  • Ship paintings by students with learning disabilities inspired by Pullen’s models
  • Down’s Syndrome Association adverts: images by David Bailey and Patrick Lichfield


Museum Gallery

  • James Henry Pullen’s models: Great Eastern and Princess Alexandra
  • Pullen’s paintings
  • James Henry Pullen: 10 minute film


  • Books from the Langdon Down library
  • Models made by students with learning disabilities
  • Theatre scenery store: open only by arrangement to researchers or for special events

The-State-Barge-(Fantasy-Boat)  The-Dream-Boat-or-Small-Fantasy-Boat

Pullen room

His smaller models, objects and paintings


Life stories room

Life stories of Normansfield residents in the 19th and 20th century.