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Update: Wednesday 26th May 2021

The Paralympic Heritage Centre is now open.

We are delighted to announce that in line with Government guidelines on reopening museums the Paralympic Heritage Centre is now open for ‘bubbles’ and small groups. You will be required to make a booking before your visit, please contact our team at [email protected] to book. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Stoke Mandeville and sharing our wonderful displays.

For larger groups and school tours we continue to offer realtime virtual guided tours and talks. Please fill out our booking form here or for more information contact us at [email protected]

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Getting to, and visiting the Heritage Centre

About the National Paralympic Heritage Centre

Stoke Mandeville is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement and the National Paralympic Heritage Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium celebrates and explores this unique history. The displays in our small museum showcase the determination, sportsmanship and vision that gave the world the Paralympic Games including:

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

Virtual Tour

Using 3D technology, you can ‘walkthrough’ exhibition spaces and zoom in on specific artefacts or artwork. You can access video, British Sign Language, text caption and audio-description options at points of interest.

Viewing the Virtual Tour

  • For optimal performance of the virtual tour please view in full screen.
  • To view the highlight reel/thumbnails press the arrow in the bottom left hand corner.
  • To view the videos in the hotspots in full screen press the link.

Video Tour

Vicky Hope Walker, CEO of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, takes us for a 20 minute video tour of the Paralympic Heritage Centre  showing her favourite items. The tour includes British Sign Language by interpreter Marie Biswell.

Widgit Tour

The Widgit tour has been developed to use alongside either the virtual or video tours above. Click here to view the full Widgit tour or download as a pdf. Please contact us if you require an alternative format.

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Paralympic Heritage Trail

For families and children this trail is a great way to explore Stoke Mandeville Stadium and find out more about the Paralympic Movement. Download a pdf here or if you need an alternative version please contact us at [email protected] For more family fun visit our activities page here


Map for Paralympic Heritage Trail Paralympic Heritage Trail


Highlights from 2019

Celebrating the opening

On Friday 29th March 2019, we were delighted to celebrate the opening of the Paralympic Heritage Centre, here at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. Read more

Welcoming visitors

We have been delighted to welcome a diverse range of groups to the Paralympic Heritage Centre this year who have visited as part of a tour or attended one of our special event days. Read more

Feedback written on postcards from a Group tour of the Paralympic Heritage Centre

Feedback from a Group Tour of the Paralympic Heritage Centre


Share your stories

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

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Partners

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust is supported by the British Paralympic Association, WheelPower - British Wheelchair Sport, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council, with grant aid from:

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