Exceptional & Extraordinary: Unruly bodies and minds in the Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability

Logos of the Exceptional and Extraordinary and Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability

Since humans first appeared on Earth, no two have ever been the same. Yet somewhere along the way, certain bodies and minds came to be highly valued whilst others became viewed as problematic; as deviant and unruly, deficient and requiring adjustment towards a perceived idealised norm. Funded through a Large Arts Award by the Wellcome Trust and a Grants for the […]

Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past

Woodland scene backdrop We have been continuing with our ‘Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past’ project and have now almost completed the external drainage work to both sides of our basement area where our scenery storage rack is based.   The drainage team opened and repaired the existing drainage channels and have now connected and installed […]

Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past

In 2015 we received a Heritage Lottery Grant (HLF) for £85,100 for our project Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past. The HLF’s grant means we can carry out vital building works to protect our Victorian Grade II* listed theatre and our remarkable collection of original, hand painted scenery. We will also be creating a fully […]

Heritage Lottery Fund grant for Normansfield Theatre

Down's syndrome

The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) has received £85,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its exciting project: ‘Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past’. The HLF’s grant means that vital building works can begin to protect the rare, Victorian Grade II* listed theatre and its remarkable collection of original, hand painted scenery.  The scenery, which has […]

Side by Side Theatre Company Stourbridge

By Louise Rees Side by Side Theatre Company Stourbridge, a company of learning disabled actors, many of whom have Down’s syndrome, are proud to have once again been chosen by the Royal Shakespeare Company to be part of their Open Stages project, breaking the mould of preconceived ideas about the achievements of learning disabled people. Side […]

Theatre Review: Up Down Boy

Up Down Boy by Sue Shields and the Myrtle Theatre is coming to the Normansfield Theatre Teddington on Saturday 9 November at 7.30pm. Booking: 0333 1212 300 or lesley.alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk Review by Hayley Goleniowska, mum and author of award-winning blog Downs Side Up Every once in a while an experience shifts the tectonic plates of your soul. Powerless […]

James Henry Pullen Exhibition

The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant in 2012 to exhibit artefacts made by James Henry Pullen, whose life and achievements are considered to be significant in the history of learning disability. He is believed to have had the condition savant syndrome and was famous for his great […]