In collaboration with Buckinghamshire NHS Trust, we are delighted to announce the opening of this 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.

Paralympic Heritage exhibition displays at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital 

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.

Virtual Tour

Using 3D technology, you can ‘walkthrough’ exhibition spaces and zoom in on specific artefacts or artwork. You can access video, audio clips and text caption 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.

You can also watch a video walkthrough of the virtual tour on our youtube channel here.

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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