The National Paralympic Heritage Trust's regional exhibition at Gunnersbury Park Museum

This interactive exhibition features past and current Paralympic athletes from the area, highlighting the importance that local grass root disability sport organisations have played in providing a path to elite sport. Ealing and Hounslow was home to one of Britain's early Paralympic athletes, Hugh Stewart Mackenzie, and the area is currently home to several top Paralympians including: equestrian, Natasha Baker; fencer, Dimitri Coutya and basketball player, Gaz Choudhry. There is a thriving disability sport community offering a wide range of opportunities.

The exhibition tells the story of the development of the British Paralympic Movement from its beginnings in the 1940s linked to preparation for the D-Day landings through to London 2012 and the next Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Fencing training for the 1958 Stoke Mandeville Games

Fencing training for the 1958 Stoke Mandeville Games

Dimitri Coutya at the 2017 IWAS wheelchair fencing world championships

Dimitri Coutya at the IWAS wheelchair fencing world championships

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 Gunnersbury Park Museum

Free Admission

Access and Facilities

Gunnersbury Park Museum is fully accessible, it has a lift, ramps on smaller sets of stairs and an accessible toilet. Please visit the Gunnersbury Park Museum website to find out more: http://www.visitgunnersbury.org/visit/getting-here/

Partners include:

The Heritage Lottery Fund

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