Discover the museum and theatre which tells the story of the Langdon Down family. Explore the history of Normansfield and learning disability.
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.
19th and 20th century photographs of Normansfield. Historical film: approximately 23 minutes.
Displays on the history of Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield. A timeline of Normansfield’s history.
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.
Scenery makers model; photographs of plays; new photographs of theatre fixtures and fittings; recent artwork projects.
Pullen’s Giant created for fete days at the Royal Earlswood Asylum near Redhill.
Displays about the Normansfield staff and lists of those who worked here
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
- 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
His smaller models, objects and paintings
Life stories room
Life stories of Normansfield residents in the 19th and 20th century.