Paralympic Heritage Exhibition, Norfolk

Patients practising archery at Stoke Mandeville
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Norwich Cathedral

Saturday 3rd March – Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at Norwich Cathedral

The first regional exhibition of British Paralympic Heritage

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is presenting its first regional exhibition at Norwich Cathedral.

Witness just how far we have come as a nation in supporting and celebrating disability sport. Using a range of displays, memorabilia and art, visitors will learn about local and national Paralympians, all of whom have contributed to Paralympic heritage. Come and find out how it all began with the inspirational story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann.

Opening Hours:

10am to 4pm. Please check the times before visiting as these may change on a daily basis due to Norwich Cathedral events.

15th, 20th March & 17th April – Guided learning sessions for schools

Maximum of 60 places per day. Please book your place through the cathedral.

11th April – Family Fun Day “Incredible Me”

Including crafts and activities celebrating diversity

21st April – Celebrating Diversity Day

‘Have a Go’ at a Paralympic sport and learn more about local disability sports groups. A celebration service and a discussion panel on disability issues with a Q&A session.

Available daily

Activity sheets for families and schools.

Ellen Vanlint of Active Norfolk says, “It’s fantastic to be able to showcase some of the fascinating Paralympic Heritage our area has to offer. The history and the amazing stories are really inspiring, and we are keen to use these to link in to all the current inclusive sporting opportunities in the County.”


Free Admission

  • The exhibition is small – you should allow between 20 and 40 minutes to enjoy it fully.
  • There is level access throughout and all of the displays are accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Seating is provided around the edge of the exhibition.
  • Printed material is available in Large Print and a number of displays have hand-held Large Print guides and Braille captions.
  • There are a small number of touch objects. Look out for the hand motif.
  • Light levels in the North Transept are low but the displays themselves are well lit. We are happy for you to use your own torch.
  • Audio guides are provided to some of the displays and include Audio Description. The headsets are fitted with induction loop.
  • Films with speech have British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation and subtitles.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome.

More information about accessibility at the cathedral can be found here

Partners include:

The Heritage Lottery Fund, Spirit of 2012, Norwich Cathedral, Jarrold, Norfolk Community Foundation, Active Norfolk and Norfolk Museum Service.

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