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Welcome to the Langdon Down Centre

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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

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.

See the history of Normansfield Theatre here.

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 Lesley Alabaf on 0333 1212 300 or email Lesley.alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk

 

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Favourites of Stage and Screen

Saturday, 9 September at 7.30pm

Tickets:  £10 adults, £8 concessions and £30 for group bookings of 4+

 

Richmond Symphonic Concert Band, with Musical Conductor Tom Higgins, will be performing at a fundraising concert on Saturday 9th September, in aid of the Down’s Syndrome Association.  Featuring music from evergreen shows such as My Fair Lady and Les Miserables, also tunes from the silver screen.

Call 0333 1212 300 to book or complete the online booking.