View from above, looking down on exhibition displays at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

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


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:


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 18th April - Adaptive cycling with Tim Curtis and BDSL with a visit from Para-triathlete Stuart Meikle.

Thursday 25th April - Wheelchair basketball with Adam Tasker and C4A Bradford Bears with a visit from Paralympian Peter Finbow.

Thursday 23rd May - Adaptive athletics with Janet Atkinson and BDSL with a visit from Para-triathlete Stuart Meikle.

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

11th May Family fun day 'Incredible Me'

A day of crafts and activities celebrating diversity including:

  • Meet the Artist: Vickie Orton
  • IMAS mixed ability rowing and other sports
  • Abu Dhabi SO celebration: meet Bradford Special Olympians
  • Hanson school VI podcast skills
  • Make a Paralympic medal design
  • Make a Paralympic poster for Tokyo 2020
  • Make a Special Olympic team kit
  • Health, information and advocacy advice from Hale and Bradford and Keighley People First
  • Outside the Box - meet the team and 'prepare a sandwich'

23rd May Celebrating diversity festival

Come along and 'Have a Go' at a mixed ability sport with IMAS, meet members from Mind The Gap, the UK's leading inclusive theatre company and many more activities, including:

  • Abu Dhabi SO celebration - BDSL Dawn Treanor, Hillary White and Barry Thorne and Bradford athletes
  • Tokyo 2020 squad celebration and announcement for Bradford linked athletes
  • IMAS mixed ability Mark Goodwin will be offering 'have a go' sessions of rugby/bocce
  • Meet the artist: Vickie Orton
  • Bradford City Disability Football Club's Mark Lightowler will be offering 'have a go' sessions
  • Para- triathlete Stuart Meikle - demonstration of prosthetics and Medal awarding to SOGB athletes.
  • Hanson School VI - Goalball activity and podcasting
  • Performance from Mind the Gap's Jez Colbourne and the band
  • Make a Paralympic medal design
  • Make a Paralympic poster for Tokyo 2020
  • Make a Special Olympic team kit
  • Outside the Box café and works: information
  • Equality together: Inclusion issues information
  • Hale Bradford: Health information
  • Bradford and Keighley People first: inclusion, access and disability information
  • Bradford district VI and LD self-advocacy groups: inclusion, access and disability information

Meet a Paralympian

Meet with local Paralympian cyclists, Sally Hurst and David Stone. Dates coming soon.

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

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