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Dr John Langdon Down recognised in Torpoint. See article in This is Plymouth 16 July 2013

We are deeply saddened to hear about the death of Lady Elspet Rix

I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Lady Elspet Rix earlier today. Many supporters of the DSA would naturally associate Lord and Lady Rix with MENCAP and may not necessarily know about the key role that they both played in the process of helping me to acquire Normansfield, the building that we now occupy which has been re-named the Langdon Down Centre. Lady Rix was one of the founding Trustees of the Langdon Down Centre Trust and both she and Lord Rix became Patrons of the museum when the building was subsequently handed over to the DSA.

The Rix family association with Normansfield began, following the birth of their daughter with Down syndrome, Shelley in 1951. Shelley spent a number of years in the hospital here built by Dr John Langdon Down and she sadly died in 2005.

Lady Rix has campaigned for people with learning disabilities most of her life and she was a wonderful inspiration to those of us who were lucky enough to have been able to work with her; she will be sadly missed.

Carol Boys, Chief Executive, Down's Syndrome Association | 19 February 2013

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Family Secrets: Living with Shame from the Victorians to the Present Day by Deborah Cohen. Published 9 January 2013

Family Secrets offers a fascinating look at the part that families have played in the transformation of respectability from the Victorian era to the present day. It includes some interesting information about Normansfield. See reviews:
Guardian
The Telegraph
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Disability History: Voices and Sources

A one day conference jointly organised by London Metropolitan Archives and English Heritage from 10.00 am - 4.30 pm on Friday 22nd March 2013.

Archives and historic buildings offer important resources for uncovering the histories of disabled people. Come and share experiences with a range of research projects. Discuss ways in which disabled people are documenting their own histories.

A History of Disability: from 1050 to the Present Day

Disability in Time and Place reveals how disabled peoples' lives are integral to the heritage all around us.  From leper chapels built in the 1100s to protests about accessibility in the 1980s, the built environment is inextricably linked to the stories of disabled people, hidden and well-known.  This section serves as an invitation to those interested in disability or social history to explore what the historic environment has to offer. All the content has been translated into British Sign Language. You can also find out more information about buildings highlighted in these pages, some of which are open to the public.

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Pullen Ships Set Sail - Press Release | July 2012

New exhibition is launched by Business Secretary Thanks to the Support of  Hertiage Lottery Fund

On Friday 6th July a new exhibition by Down’s Syndrome Association, Pullen: Ships of Reality and the Imagination, was formally opened by Business Secretary and MP for Twickenham the Rt Hon Dr Vincent Cable MP. 

See full press release

HLF

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Langdon Down Museum in the News

Philanthropist who gave dignity to those abused by society... and his name: Down. Sunday Express. 30 September 2012. By Danny Buckland

Bethlem Blog from the Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum on Normansfield: Past, Present, Future Conference May 2012.

An article about the Langdon Down Museum in Learning Disability Today April/May 2012.

The Guardian. Social Care Network. Museum opens door to hospital's past. Langdon Down was once a progressive hospital, now it's the first museum of learning disability. Terry Philpot takes a tour. 2 February 2012.

The Guardian. Social Care Network. Langdon Down museum - in pictures. 2 February 2012

Mencap's Viewpoint Magazine. Museum of learning disability. January 2012

Teddington People Teddington's Langdon Down Museum opens to the public in January. 12 January 2012

Richmond and  Twickenham Times  Langdon Down museum ready this month. 9 January 2012

Teddington Town  Langdon Down Museum to Open on regular basis. 25 October 2011

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Normansfield Conference: Past Present and Future | Saturday 5 May 2012

A conference exploring the history of Normansfield and its collections through historical research, archiving and personal experience.

Presentations from:
Ian Jones-Healey: Creating the Langdon Down Museum
Professor Conor Ward: John Langdon Down, Earlswood and Normansfield
Lord Rix: Personal recollections of Normansfield
Jan Pimblett: The Normansfield archiving project
Ray Elmitt: Normansfield and the local community
Sarah Chaney: Asylums and Institutions
David Wilmore: historic Victorian theatres and Normansfield

For further details see conference

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Please contact the Archivist to discuss any of the above.

Ian Jones-Healey, Archivist

E: ian.jones-healey@downs-syndrome.org.uk | T: 0333 1212 300

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