Free history talks at the Normansfield, Teddington

A Local History Talk
The Life of John Charles Buckmaster 1819 – 1908

The Father of Teddington Library

Saturday 28 July 2018 | 2pm

A talk by local historian Ken Howe about the extraordinary life and work of John Charles Buckmaster, a formidable public speaker and activist. He was a teacher with a strong sense of public duty, a Justice of the Peace and a councillor. In later life he founded Teddington library as a free library in 1904. Ken will present his research the life of this fascinating local resident.

Speaker: Ken Howe is a historian and author/co-author of several local history books including: Hampton and Teddington Past, Edwardian Teddington and Twickenham, Teddington and Hampton – Britain in Old Photographs. He is Chairman of the Borough of Twickenham Local History Society. One of Ken’s recent projects was to research and write the book The Bronze Age Barrow at Teddington and in 2017 to help set up a council sign to commemorate the site in Sandy Lane, Teddington.

Free talk. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

Talk on the residents of Normansfield 1868 -1997

The Father of Teddington Library

Saturday 28 July 2018 | 11am – 12pm

The stories of the residents who lived in Normansfield from when it first opened to the closure of the institution as an NHS hospital in 1997.

Developed by Dr John Langdon Down and his wife Mary, it was run for 102 years by the Langdon famly.

Residents with learning disabilities were offered revolutionary and enlightened approach to their care. They enjoyed a home from home with holidays, sports, training in horticulture and carpentry.

Free talk. Booking not required. Donations welcome.