The National Paralympic Heritage Trust's exhibition at the National Spinal Injuries Centre

In collaboration with Buckinghamshire NHS Trust, we are excited about this upcoming exhibition at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Stoke Mandeville Hospital is a busy local hospital caring for patients from Aylesbury and its surroundings. However, it is known internationally for its acclaimed National Spinal Injuries Centre. Established by neurologist Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann in 1944 to treat servicemen who had sustained spinal cord injuries in World War II, the National Spinal Injuries Centre is the oldest and one of the largest in the world. It is also recognised globally as the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.

Bringing together rare historic exhibits and photographs, and personal recollections of both staff and patients, this exhibition tells the story of the National Spinal Injuries Centre. From the life-changing advances in treatment developed by the tireless research of medical staff, to the inspirational tales of patients. It will give you a unique insight into the remarkable history of the most famous spinal injuries centre in the world.

Video Tour

Vicky Hope Walker, CEO of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, takes us for an introductory 15 minute video tour of the National Spinal Injuries Centre. The tour includes British Sign Language by interpreter Marie Biswell. We apologise for the sound quality, the filming was produced in the busy working environment of the hospital. A virtual tour will be available in the Autumn.


Exhibition Trail

For families and children this trail is a great way to explore the exhibition panels and amazing objects at the National Spinal Injuries Centre. Download a pdf here or if you need an alternative version please contact us at [email protected] 

Family trail for the exhibition displays at the National Spinal Injuries Centre

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