The National Paralympic Heritage Trust's regional exhibition at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

From the 26th January you can visit our accessible and interactive regional exhibition in the beautiful setting of Cartwright Hall and the surrounding Lister Park. 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 and the D-day landings.

Launch Day 

Thank you to all those who attended and supported our fantastic launch day. Vicky Hope-Walker said of the day,

Bradford has a strong and interesting disability sports history and this is a wonderful regional celebration of achievement from coaches, to event entertainment and of course the athletes themselves. 

Close up of displays and sculpture at Cartwright Hall exhibition 

Mark Rhodes, GB Special Olympic golfer

Visiting Cartwright Hall

Free Admission
For opening times at Cartwright Hall, click here
For an accessibility guide, click here

Virtual Tour of the exhibition


Stories from Bradford

Vicky Hope-Walker standing next to the Bradford stories exhibition display at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

We have collated many wonderful stories for this exhibition from Paralympians, Special Olympians, disability sports coaches, players and volunteers. Below are links to some of these stories:

Celebrating diversity festival

On Thursday 23rd May we had a great day at the Celebrating diversity festival, where visitors 'Had a Go' at a disability sport, met members from Mind The Gap, the UK's leading inclusive theatre company and enjoyed many more activities.

School children and teacher exploring the displays at our regional exhibition at Cartwright Hall Disability sport activities in the grounds of Cartwright Hall Mind the Gap drama performance in the grounds of Cartwright Hall Paralympians, Paul Cartwright and Kevan Baker at the exhibition


Upcoming events

We plan to hold the following events focusing on schools and families including 'have a go' at disability sports and celebrating personal achievements and diversity.

Sports activity open workshops

From 11am to 3pm, five days of sport activities. Coaches and assistants from BDSL will be on hand to encourage and inspire visitors to try a Paralympic sport.

Thursday 28th May - Goalball with Goalball GB coaches and Hanson school.

Available daily

Activity sheets for families and schools.

We welcome involvement from the community and invite local people to share their own memorabilia and stories connected to the Paralympics and disability sport. If you would like to contribute please email us at [email protected].

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Partners include:

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Bradford Museums

Logo of the Heritage Lottery Fund