Conference Centre and Functions
Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
Normansfield Theatre. See Forthcoming Events for details & booking. See LDC Classes for: Art, Opera, Yoga, children’s drama. Tickets for all events can now be purchased online. Details of how to book are on each event.
Welcome to the Langdon Down Centre
An update from Normansfield
Here at Normansfield we are actively monitoring and following advice from the Government and Public Health England about the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). To minimise the risk of the virus spreading, performances are being postponed with the full cooperation of the companies involved, until later in the year or 2021. If you have purchased tickets we will be in touch with you directly with details of changes to all performances and events we are hosting.
Normansfield won’t stay quiet for long. We will be back. The voices will sing, the orchestra will play. We will be ready to swing open the doors of the beautiful Normansfield Theatre and share an afternoon or evening together. We count the days until our lights are once again lit. In the meantime, we think of all those affected and hope for everyone’s good health.
Lighting Appeal Update
Our thanks go to the Middlesex Masonic Charity who have very kindly donated £5000 towards our lighting appeal. We are pleased to say that with this very generous donation, we’ve raised £12,500 since we launched the appeal in Autumn 2017, towards the our original target of £19,000. We have completed phase 1 and phase 2 to date and with this generous donation should be able to complete the third and final phase within the coming year.
Lesley Alabaf receiving the cheque for £5000 from the Middlesex Masonic Charity on 5th March 2019.
Our thanks also go to the the St Philip and St James Women’s Group who very kindly donated £1000 towards the lighting appeal in February 2019.
Our thanks also go the Rotary Club of Twickenham upon Thames who very kindly donated £400 towards the lighting appeal in January 2019.
The Langdon Down Centre is the theatre wing of the old Normansfield Hospital dating back to 1879.
It is home to the Normansfield Theatre, the Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability, the national office of the Down’s Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome International. We are on the border of Teddington and Hampton Wick and are owned and managed by the Down’s Syndrome Association.
Dr John Langdon Down was a Victorian physician who established Normansfield in 1868 as a family home and a place where people with learning disabilities could be cared for and educated at a time when most of them would have been condemned to life in an asylum. This remarkable man and his family had a revolutionary and enlightened approach to the care of people with learning disabilities. They built this beautiful theatre (entertainment hall) and encouraged their patients/students to learn music and drama as part of their education.
Normansfield Theatre is a hidden gem, and considered to be one of the most important private theatres in the country. Home to the largest collection of restored Victorian scenery, we are also one of only two theatres in the country with the original scene changing system in place.
In 2015 we received a Heritage Lottery Grant for £85,100 for the project – Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past.
Today, we have a wide range of performances from operas, musical and choral concerts, to drama productions. Our programme is listed in Forthcoming Events.
Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
The museum includes displays about the work of Dr John Langdon Down and the history of Normansfield from 1868 to 1997. Also on display are objects from the Royal Earlswood Asylum and artefacts made by James Henry Pullen (1835–1916), a savant known as the Genius of Earlswood Asylum. This includes his ships, a model of Brunel’s Great Eastern, paintings and other objects.
For opening times, talks and details of how to book a visit click here to view the museum website.
Down’s Syndrome Association
The Down’s Syndrome Association is the only organisation in the UK focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome. We provide support, information and advocacy to parents and professionals working with people with Down’s syndrome.
Please click here to view the Down’s Syndrome Association website.
Hiring the Langdon Down Facilities
The facilities at the Langdon Down Centre are available for hire. We have regular classes, music workshops, training days, theatre performances, filming, photoshoots and receptions. Click here to see details of rooms available.
We also arrange school and educational visits which include a presentation, guided tour and can be tailored to your requirements.
To book any educational visits or private tours, please contact Ian Jones-Healey 0333 1212 300 or email Ian.Jones-Healey@downs-syndrome.org.uk
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Opera Gala Evening with the Rose Opera Company
Rose Opera return to Normansfield Theatre to bring you a beautifully staged socially distant evening. Sunday 25th October 2020 at 6.00pm. Tickets are available to buy on our site now.