The first regional exhibition of Paralympic Heritage

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, presented its first regional exhibition at Norwich Cathedral between March and May 2018.

Using a range of displays, memorabilia and art, over 7000 visitors learnt about local and national Paralympians, all of whom have contributed to Paralympic heritage. Visitors found out how it all began with the inspirational story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann. Particular events, focusing on schools and families, celebrated personal achievements and diversity, with objects like the Cheetah running blades from Össur and early medals sparking many interesting conversations. 

If you would like to read the encouraging Paralympic Heritage stories collected from our Norfolk exhibition, which include those from disability sports coaches, players and volunteers, you can find them here

Vicky Hope-Walker's radio interview with Future Radio about the exhibition can be listened to here

Ellen Vanlint of Active Norfolk said,

It's fantastic to be able to showcase some of the fascinating Paralympic Heritage our area has to offer. The history and the amazing stories are really inspiring, and we are keen to use these to link in to all the current inclusive sporting opportunities in the County.

Ella Glendining created this inspiring film, "Born" for the exhibition, which featured disability stories from Paralympian athlete Danny Nobbs and Para cyclist, Iain Dawson and excerpts from the performance group, Total Ensemble. For more information on Ella you can read her story here

Family Fun Day 'Incredible Me'

The NPHT Team had a great day with all of the families at 'Incredible Me' Day, filled with crafts and activities celebrating diversity. Thank you to Iain Dawson, Sydney 2000 Paralympian for sharing his story and bringing along his racing tandem.

Young person with Paralympic torch, medal and jacket Iain Dawson, Paralympian talking to two adults about his tandem at Norfolk exhibition Brass rubbing of Paralympic medal

Celebrating Diversity Day

Visitors to Diversity Day at Norwich Cathedral enjoyed having a go at disability sports including; Unigolf, Boccia, Sledge Hockey and Goalball with help from Sportspark UEA, Active Norfolk and Norfolk Boccia. The Dean tried her hand at sledge hockey under the careful supervision of Naomi Adie from the Peterborough Phantoms Para Ice Hockey Club.

The Dean of Norwich Cathedral trying out Sledge Hockey with the help of Naomie Adie from the Peterborough Phantoms

Partners included:

The Heritage Lottery Fund, Spirit of 2012, Norwich Cathedral, Jarrold, Norfolk Community Foundation, Active Norfolk and Norfolk Museum Service.

Logo of the Heritage Lottery Fund Logo of Spirit of 2012 Logo of Norfolk Community Foundation Logo of Norwich Cathedral Logo of Jarrold Logo of Active Norfolk Logo of Norfolk Museums Service

We'd love to hear your feedback about our first regional exhibition. Please send us your comments by filling in this  form and emailing it to [email protected]

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Images courtesy of: Norwich Cathedral exhibition launch, David Kirkham at Fisheye Images. Norwich Cathedral exterior, Paul Hurst.