We are interested in collecting memories from individuals who have Paralympic stories to share, from the humble beginnings at Stoke Mandeville through to the present day. It may be that you were involved yourself as an athlete, volunteer, Games maker, or spectator, or perhaps you have a family member with a connection. Whatever your involvement, help us bring our collections to life and preserve Paralympic heritage for future generations by sharing your experiences. Our friendly volunteers are waiting to record your story!

If you have memories you would like to share of the Stoke Mandeville or Paralympic Games then please contact [email protected]

Oral history interview with Mike Brace

Mike Brace CBE, DL, is a former Paralympic skier and leader of disabled charities. In this interview, he discusses his early life, sporting career, and his involvement in disabled sports associations, from his own London sports club, Metro, to the British Paralympic Association and London 2012.

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Monica with Portsmouth Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Jim Ferneyhough (coach) at a street party organised the day after she returned from the Toronto 1976 Games

Oral history interview with Monica Vaughan

Monica Vaughan, Paralympic swimmer, competed at the Toronto 1976 and Arnhem 1980 Paralympic Games winning 9 gold and 1 silver medals. In this interview Monica talks about her early love of sport, her athletic and nursing careers, her work for the BSAD, and changes to the Games in her lifetime.

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Photos of the Stoke Mandeville Games in the 1950s taken by Margaret Anne Aldous, official photographer

Oral history interview with Helen Phillips, daughter of Medical Photographer, Margaret Anne Aldous

Margaret Anne Aldous (née Bennett) was a medical photographer at Stoke Mandeville hospital in the 1950s, capturing images at the National Spinal Injuries Centre and of the early Stoke Mandeville Games.

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