Category Archives: Disability History

Hitler’s big secret? A disabled younger brother

Given all the numerous biographies, articles and documentaries about the life and career of Adolf Hitler, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that there is very little left for historians to discover about his early years. Yet some new and arguably … Continue reading

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A Social History of Learning Disability: Langdon Down Museum

Now beautifully restored to its original condition, part of the old Normansfield hospital building between Kingston and Teddington is home to the Down’s Syndrome Association, Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability and Normansfield Theatre. The building has a rich history … Continue reading

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Private Minds, Public Histories: Discovering Archives of Mental Illness and Learning Disability at Surrey History Centre. 

Surrey had more mental hospitals than most English counties, including 18th century private madhouses, Victorian county asylums like Springfield in Tooting or Brookwood in Woking and charitable foundations such as the Holloway Sanatorium at Egham and the Royal Earlswood Asylum … Continue reading

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