Recently I went to a talk at the Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability. Delivered by Ian Jones-Healey, the LDM Archivist and Curator, the talk was entitled The Life of James Henry Pullen and focused on the life of this resident of the Royal Earlswood Asylum, called an “idiot savant” by Dr John Langdon Down, the Asylum’s Superintendent.
James Henry Pullen
Langdon Down pioneered revolutionary treatment of “mongolism” (later renamed Down’s Syndrome after him) He ran the Normansfield Asylum, where the LDM is located, but prior to this worked with James Henry Pullen at the REA. The two centres differed in that the Royal Earlswood Asylum was free, whereas the Normansfield Asylum, as a private enterprise, had to charge residents. The REA building still exists, near Redhill.
Pullen’s design for a ship
Pullen (1835-1916) originally resided at the Asylum for Idiots in Essex Hall, Colchester, before moving to Earlswood. Originally supervised…
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