The first regional exhibition of Paralympic Heritage

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is presenting its first regional exhibition at Norwich Cathedral.

Witness just how far we have come as a nation in supporting and celebrating disability sport. Using a range of displays, memorabilia and art, visitors will learn about local and national Paralympians, all of whom have contributed to Paralympic heritage. Come and find out how it all began with the inspirational story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann.

Listen to Vicky Hope-Walker's radio interview with Future Radio about the exhibition here

Ellen Vanlint of Active Norfolk says,

It's fantastic to be able to showcase some of the fascinating Paralympic Heritage our area has to offer. The history and the amazing stories are really inspiring, and we are keen to use these to link in to all the current inclusive sporting opportunities in the County.

Ella Glendining created this inspiring film, "Born" for the exhibition, which features disability stories from Paralympian athlete Danny Nobbs and Para cyclist, Iain Dawson and excerpts from the performance group, Total Ensemble. For more information on Ella you can read her story here

Family Fun Day 'Incredible Me'

The NPHT Team had a great day with all of the families at 'Incredible Me' Day, filled with crafts and activities celebrating diversity. Thank you to Iain Dawson, Sydney 2000 Paralympian for sharing his story and bringing along his racing tandem.

Young person with Paralympic torch, medal and jacket Iain Dawson, Paralympian talking to two adults about his tandem at Norfolk exhibition Brass rubbing of Paralympic medal

Celebrating Diversity Day

Visitors to Diversity Day at Norwich Cathedral enjoyed having a go at disability sports including; Unigolf, Boccia, Sledge Hockey and Goalball with help from Sportspark UEA, Active Norfolk and Norfolk Boccia. The Dean tried her hand at sledge hockey under the careful supervision of Naomi Adie from the Peterborough Phantoms Para Ice Hockey Club.

The Dean of Norwich Cathedral trying out Sledge Hockey with the help of Naomie Adie from the Peterborough Phantoms

Available daily

Activity sheets for families and schools. Download a pdf of the activity sheet here

Opening Hours:

10am to 4pm. Please check the times before visiting as these may change on a daily basis due to Norwich Cathedral events.


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.
  • Light levels in the North Transept are low but the displays themselves are well lit. We are happy for you to use your own torch.
  • 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.

Please find more information about accessibility at the cathedral here

Partners include:

The Heritage Lottery Fund, Spirit of 2012, Norwich Cathedral, Jarrold, Norfolk Community Foundation, Active Norfolk and Norfolk Museum Service.

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Images courtesy of: Norwich Cathedral exhibition launch, David Kirkham at Fisheye Images. Norwich Cathedral exterior, Paul Hurst.