Handling collection weekly blog

Each week we will be sharing exciting objects from our Paralympic Heritage handling collection.

Friday 18th September 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about Paralympian, Yvonne Matts, and her souvenir from the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, a custom made bomber jacket. You can read more about Yvonne Matts story here

Friday 11th September 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about the flight certificate given to athletes on their way to the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games and why the journey took a slightly different route. You can read more about the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Summer Games here

Friday 4th September 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about Tim Reddish CBE DL and his athlete pass and flag from the Barcelona 1992 Paralympics which are on display at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre. You can read more about the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Summer Games here

Friday 28th August 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about the Paralympic Mascot, Someity, as this week would have been the start of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. You can see Someity on display at the Paralympic Heritage Centre using our virtual tour.

Friday 21st August 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about the Paralympic Torches on display at the Paralympic Heritage Centre using our virtual tour. This week, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Flame Lighting event would have taken place at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Friday 7th August 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about an early Stoke Mandeville Games medal and display box and why the making of these medals is of particular significance.

Friday 31st July 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about a jacket from the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Summer Games and explains why these Games were so important. You can read more about the Atlanta Paralympics here

Friday 24th July 2020

Vicky Hope Walker shares the menu given to Paralympic athletes, coaches and staff on their return flight from the very first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960. You can read more about the Rome 1960 Paralympic Summer Games here

Friday 17th July 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about a jumper which was worn by Paralympian, Caz Walton at the Stoke Mandeville 1984 Paralympic Games and explains why they were called 'the last minute Games'. You can read more about the 1984 Summer Paralympics here

Friday 10th July 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about the Arnhem 1980 Paralympic Summer Games and shares Paralympic athlete Yvonne Matt's medals. Read more about Yvonne's story here

Friday 3rd July 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about this clay bust of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann recently donated by the Poppa Guttmann Trust. This bust was created by sculptor, Jacko in 2012.

Friday 26th June 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about the Flags and Anthems Manual for the London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic Games. You can read more about the London 2012 Paralympic Games here

Friday 19th June 2020

Vicky Hope Walker shares a particularly special object in our collection, Margaret Maughan's medal. Margaret was Britain's first Paralympic gold medal winner. You can read more about Margaret here


Friday 12th June 2020

Vicky Hope Walker shares an image of the Sakura Nap (bed) glasses from the National Spinal Injuries Centre collection. Designed for spinal injury patients in the 1950/60s so they could read books and watch television without having to move their head.

Friday 5th June 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about the Participants medal given to all the athletes, coaches and volunteers at the Beijing 2008 Summer Paralympics. Find out more about these Games here

Friday 22nd May 2020

Vicky Hope Walker talks about the Sochi 2014 Paralympics jacket and how this was the first time there was a Heritage Flame Lighting event for the Paralympics.

Friday 15th May 2020

Vicky Hope Walker shares what it would have been like for the athletes to wear the London 2012 Paralympics jacket in the parade at the opening ceremony. Find out more about the London 2012 Games here

Friday 8th May 2020

To celebrate VE Day, Vicky talks about 'The Contribution of the Refugees' leaflet which recognised Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann's work at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, where he treated servicemen who had sustained spinal cord injuries in World War II. He was a refugee, a German Jew who arrived in the UK in 1939.

Friday 1st May 2020

This week our volunteer, Maddie Webb, talks about a para shooting sculpture from the 1984 Paralympic Games.

Friday 24th April 2020

This week's object is a goalball. Find out more about the Paralympic sport of goalball here

Friday 17th April 2020

This week our volunteer, Maddie Webb, shares her favourite object the Ottobock running blade. Find out more about running blades here

Friday 10th April 2020

This week's object is a plate from the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games. Find out more about these Games here

Friday 3rd April 2020

This week's object is the Paralympic mascot 'Proteas' designed for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. Find out more about these Games here