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About

The museum at Normansfield in Teddington is situated in the former home of Dr John Langdon Down who brought a revolutionary and enlightened approach to the care of those with all forms of learning disability. His wife Mary, their sons and other members of the Langdon Down family managed Normansfield from 1868 until 1970. It later became an NHS hospital from 1951 until it closed in 1997.

Although Langdon Down’s name is most associated with the condition he recognised and was later called Down’s Syndrome, the majority of residents at Normansfield and the Royal Earlswood Asylum had a range of learning disabilities.

The museum will contribute to the public understanding of learning disability through events and educational activities. It will also celebrate the achievements of people with learning disabilities. Its policy is to acquire and conserve artifacts, documents, photographs and other materials with historical importance. It acts as the guardian of the memories, archives and records of those who lived and worked at Normansfield and make these accessible to visitors at the museum and on the website.

Collections and Archives

The museum includes the following:

Normansfield Collection and Archive
Records, documents and photographs of those who lived and worked at Normansfield. This includes documents detailing the development of the buildings, grounds and the Victorian theatre.

Royal Earlswood Asylum Collection
Artifacts from the Royal Earlswood Asylum near Redhill where Dr John Langdon Down was medical superintendent from 1855 to 1868.

James Henry Pullen Collection
Artifacts made by James Henry Pullen (1835–1916), a savant known as the Genius of Earlswood Asylum. On display are his ships, both real and imagined, including a model of Brunel’s Great Eastern. The collection also includes paintings and other objects.

Normansfield Theatre

Normansfield Theatre is a Grade II* Listed Theatre which was built originally as an entertainment hall in 1877 and completed in 1879.

Film/TV Location

The Langdon Down Centre was known as the theatre wing of the Normansfield Hospital, set up in 1868 by John and Mary Langdon Down.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Langdon Down Centre

Type:Museum

Langdon Down Centre, Langdon Down Centre, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington, TW11 9PS

Tel: 0208 614 5100

Opening Times

* Sat: 9:30am - 1:30pm, Mon: 2 - 5pm. Times vary by seson, check website for up to date details.
Individuals and groups may visit by appointment. Please contact the Archivist.

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