Joint Normansfield Theatre and V&A Conference

20 May 2017
10:00 am
Normansfield Theatre

TW11 9PS

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Normansfield Theatre, Langdon Down Centre

10am to 4.30pm

In July 2015,  the Down’s Syndrome Association received a grant for £85,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our project – Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past.    We will be ending our 2 year project with a joint conference on 20th May 2017, with the V&A, where we’ll be looking at the Normansfield Scenery and project, as well as looking at Set Painting and Costume Making in Victorian Theatres, the D’Oyle Carte, and finishing with a look at the historic theatre route through Europe.  The new digital scenery catalogue and virtual theatre, and visitors will be able to view some of the original Victorian Flats.

Speakers will include Ian Jones Healey, Karen Thompson, Dr David Wilmore, Dr Hilary Vernon Smith, Jane Pritchard, Raymond Walker and Alison Rae.


10am                     Registration and Coffee

10.15am               Welcome

10.20am               Overview of Normansfield, a home for people with learning disabilities established by Dr John Langdon Down in 1868

10.45am               The Conservation of the Normansfield Scenery Collection

11.15am               Coffee

11.30am               Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past

12.15pm               Lunch – a light buffet lunch will be served

1.15pm                 Victorian Set Painting

1.45pm                 Victorian Costume Making

2.15pm                 The D’Oyly Carte – the company’s interaction with scenic artists from 1875

2.45pm                 Coffee

3.15pm                 Visit Theatres – the historic theatre route through Europe

Alison Rae, Chair of the Board of Visit Theatres

3.40pm                 Questions for the Panel of Speakers


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Presented by Langdon Down Centre

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