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

The hall has a portrait and bust of Dr John Langdon Down and a family tree. The floor has coloured tiles. A display shows the history of the site in maps. Books about Langdon Down, Normansfield and the Theatre are for sale.


Front room 

19th and 20th century photographs of Normansfield. Historical film: approximately 23 minutes.


Main corridor

Displays on the history of Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield. A timeline of Normansfield’s history.


Normansfield Theatre

A Victorian theatre with original fixtures and fittings: scenery, decorative panels, shields and  ironwork. Displays on the Genesta amateur dramatics group and restoration work.


You may walk onto the stage but please be careful especially on the steep steps.


Tap on this touchscreen to view our digital catalogue of Victorian Scenery and to create a scene from the virtual theatre.


Theatre Room

Scenery makers model; photographs of plays; new photographs of theatre fixtures and fittings; recent artwork projects.

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Pullen’s Giant

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

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

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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

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Pullen room

His smaller models, objects and paintings


Life stories room

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