Normansfield theatre scenery: materials and construction revealed through conservation

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Thompson, Karen; Lennard, Frances;
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Described as one of the finest collections of stock scenery in the country, and a rare survival from the 19th century, the painted scenery from Normansfield Theatre is the focus of this paper. A team of conservators from the Textile Conservation Centre, in collaboration... View more
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    1. Langdon Down's name is associated with the chromosomal condition that now bears his name, Down's Syndrome.

    2. Taken from an advertisement for the hospital in the 1890s http:// (accessed 14 April 2012).

    3. Recreation Hall, Wakefield resources/theatres/show/2127-stanley-royd-hospital-theatre (accessed 19 April 2012) and Earl 2010: 31-2.

    4. Examples of well-preserved sixteenth-century theatres with complete working mechanisms and scenery can be found in Drottingham in Sweden and Český Krumlov and Litomysl in Bohemia.

    5. normansfield-hospital-entertainment-hall-theatre (accessed 19 April 2012).

    6. Further details on the work of Dr Langdon Down and the hospital can be found, most notably, in publications by O'Conor Ward (1996 and 2010) and from the Langdon Down Museum based at Normansfield. Further information about the theatre and general aspects about the scenery can found in Earl 2010.

    7. For details of the conservation treatment carried out please contact the authors (see 'Authors' addresses' below).

    8. Flats measure approximately 451-453 cm (H) × 85-192 cm (W); borders measure approximately 170-392 cm (H) × 667-685 cm (W); backdrops measure approximately 462-498 cm (H) × 550-600 cm (W); and walk-through cloths measure approximately 473-553 cm (H) × 620-642 cm (W) with opening 199 × 138 cm.

    Earl, J. 2010. Dr Langdon Down's Normansfield Theatre, 2nd edn. London: Borough of Twickenham Local History Society and Down's Syndrome Association.

    Joseph, S. 1964. Scenic Painting and Design. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd.

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