Interior photo of the dome at Cliffe Castle Museum showing Paul Cartwrights racing wheelchair suspended in the air.

Paul Cartwright's racing wheelchair displayed inside the dome at Cliffe Castle

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust's regional exhibition at Cliffe Castle Museum

Following on from our successful exhibition at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, a new display has been opened at Cliffe Castle Museum. This accessible and interactive exhibition shows just how far we have come as a nation in supporting and celebrating disability sport. Displays feature stories and memorabilia from Paralympians, past and present, all of whom have contributed to this inspiring part of British history. Come and find out how it all began with the inspirational story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann and the D-day landings.

Local stories include Kevan Baker who won two bronze medals for discus in the 1970s and 1980s and has remained involved in the promotion of disability sport ever since. Paul Cartwright, one of the pioneers of wheelchair racing, led the way in both wheelchair and sportswear design. Sally Hurst a para-cyclist and BBC journalist, and finally Bradford’s most recent equestrian gold medallists in the Special Olympics James Reed-Griffiths and T-Jay Wilson. 

Image of Sally Hurst para-cyclist advertising Paralympic Heritage exhibition at Cliffe Castle Museum  

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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Visiting Cliffe Castle and Park

Free Admission

Access and Facilities

All of the Paralympic Heritage exhibition will be displayed in accessible areas but please be aware that wheelchair access is limited to the ground floor of the Museum. There are dedicated accessible parking spaces by the entrances to both the Park and Museum, accessible toilet facilities in the museum and in the glass houses and ramped access to the café and some of the hillside park. For further accessibility information visit the Cliffe Castle and Park website here

Help for the visually impaired

Bradford Museums and Galleries use AppEar; a new system to help the visually impaired explore collections. Visitors can also borrow a PenFriend from the reception desk to hear visual descriptions of the surrounding displays.

For more information on visiting Cliffe Castle Museum, click here

Exhibition events & activities

Thursday 15th August 12-3pm, 'Have a go' at a disability sport

Come and try out taster sessions of adaptive field athletics, try a wheelchair racer or play Boccia at the Cliffe Castle Teddy Bears Picnic. Organised by BDSL coaches. 

Paralympic Heritage celebration 'Incredible Me Day'

Paralympic mascot   Runners at the parkrun celebration at Cliffe Castle  Heather Millard curator at Cliffe Castle Museum holding the 2018 Pyeongchang torch at the Incredible Me celebration day

This wonderful celebration started with a Paralympic parkrun 'takeover'. Para triathlete, Stuart Meikle started the runners off and Joshua Pullen, Bradford’s Young Disability Sports Person of the Year 2018, and London 2012 Paralympic Mascot 'Mandeville' took part. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to hold the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics Torch and to meet featured Paralympians, Paul Cartwright and Kevan Baker OBE. There were Paralympic themed craft activities and ‘have a go’ at disability sport taster sessions. The Bradford Concert Band entertained all who attended.

Partners include:

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Bradford Museums

Logo of the Heritage Lottery Fund