Stoke Mandeville is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement and the opening of a Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, linked to displays at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, will celebrate and explore this unique status. The displays will feature:

  • The life and work of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann.
  • The history and work of the Spinal Injuries Centre.
  • Key milestones in the journey from the 1948 Stoke Mandeville Games to the present day Paralympic Games.
  • The development of wheelchair sports.
  • Paralympic ceremonies.

Below are the design plans for the Heritage Centre and National Spinal Injuries Centre displays:

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Design plan of National Spinal Injuries Centre

Please get in touch if you have any feedback about the display designs or if you have any stories connected to the Paralympics and disability sport. You can contact us at [email protected] 

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Vicky Hope-Walker's radio interview with local radio station Mix 96 about the Heritage Centre can be listened to here:


Opening late March 2019

Opening Hours

10am to 5pm.

Tour and Talks

Pre-booked tours and talks are available please contact us to arrange.

Available daily

Activity sheets for families and schools. 

Accessibility

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.
  • 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.

Partners include:

AIM Biffa Award, Aylesbury Vale Community Chest and Section 106, Heart of Bucks, Heritage Lottery Fund, Rothschild Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and WheelPower.

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Image credit: Stoke Mandeville Stadium courtesy of More Leisure