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:

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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