Paralympic Heritage memorabilia and stories required for Norfolk Exhibition

NPHT Regional Exhibition, Norfolk

NPHT Norfolk Exhibition, opens on 3rd March 2018 at Norwich Cathedral

The Paralympic Games were the surprise heroes of London 2012, attracting national and international public support and interest. Since then, as a nation, we have watched two more games come and go and even a British Paralympian strutting his stuff on this season of Strictly Come Dancing.

But what lies beneath these events is a national story of people coming together from across the UK to learn, support and compete together at an international level in sport. From modest beginnings in the late 1940s at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, wounded veterans were encouraged to use sport to aid in their rehabilitation from spinal injury inflicted on the battlefront. Since then, this nation has been the stage for an amazing legacy of many ordinary people discovering a new life through sport and competing or science and technology but above all a spirit of mutual respect and challenging attitudes to disability. They have been directly influenced by their own community, at a local club perhaps and with the support of their friends and families. The National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT) feels that these stories are as much part of the history of the Paralympic movement as the roots it has at Stoke Mandeville.

Our mission between now and 2022 is to work towards mapping and documenting this national story in the following ways:

  • Build a new Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, ‘Birthplace of the Paralympics’, to tell the story of the British Paralympic Movement and engage with the local community.
  • Develop a series of regional exhibitions that will include both national content provided by NPHT and local content put together by local volunteers.
  • Provide a comprehensive portal to surviving British Paralympic artefacts and oral histories held in national and regional archives around the UK.
  • Create an interactive and accessible website that will educate, celebrate and inspire people to continue breaking down barriers regarding disability through sport and heritage.

By having a regional exhibition in Norwich, we hope to:

  • Broaden awareness of disability heritage, activity and opportunity in Norfolk.
  • Inspire people to take up a disability sport or support disability sport.
  • Broaden access to Paralympic Heritage cross the UK.
  • Raise awareness of the value of Paralympic Heritage in Norfolk.
  • Ensure local Paralympic Heritage and related disability and sports heritage is recorded, safe-guarded and shared locally and nationally.
  • Ensure understanding of disability is broadened and embedded and barriers are broken down.
  • Support audience development for sports heritage.
  • Celebrate local disability sport and Paralympic History, alongside wider local disability history.

Katy-Jayne Lintott, the Learning and Engagement Manager for the National Paralympic Heritage Trust says, “As well as telling the national story, we really want to bring out the local ones of how people have been inspired by disability sport to develop themselves and others. Who better to tell that story than the very people in that region. So, we would love to invite local people to contribute to the Norwich Exhibition by getting in touch about any memorabilia (tickets, medals, clothing, photos, programmes, personal stories) they would like to share in this exhibition and have documented as part of our work. We would love to record interviews from past Paralympians, athletes, coaches, officials and families who have been part of the Paralympic and disability sports journey so far.”

If you would like to discuss any items or stories you might have please contact Katy-Jayne Lintott by email: katy-jayne.lintott@paralympicheritage.org.uk

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