Heritage Open Days

'Astounding Inventions' Tour
Saturday 10th September, 11:30-13:30 and 14:00-16:00


As part of this year's Heritage Open Days we are offering free tours of our displays at the National Spinal Injuries Centre. Pre-book a tour below and discover some of the pioneering research and ‘Astounding Inventions'. 

Find out the story behind the start of the Paralympic Movement which has its origins at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948. The family friendly tour is two hours long and will provide you with a background to the history of the Hospital, in particular the National Spinal Injuries Centre, its role in the creation of the Paralympic Movement and influence in the field of disability through innovation and research. Find out about the many people who have and continue to contribute to the pioneering research at the Centre.

Can you work out how the mysterious ‘Astounding Inventions’ that have been developed at the NSIC are used in rehabilitation?

Book early to avoid disappointment, the tour includes a 15 minute gentle walk to the National Spinal Injuries Centre and a 15 minutes return to the stadium. Please note that part of this tour will be taking place in Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell. Visitors will need to wear a face mask whilst in the hospital, unless they are exempt.

Drop-in and explore the Paralympic Heritage Centre

All visitors are welcome to drop-in to the Paralympic Heritage Centre and explore our displays and handling collection of Paralympic torches, costumes, medals and mascots with a volunteer guide. No booking is necessary and entry is free. Trail sheets are available for younger visitors.

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11:30 NSIC Tour

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14:00 NSIC Tour

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