A Strategy towards 2022

1. Principles and Purpose 

This strategy is a summary of the Activity Plan produced for the Heritage Lottery fund delivery phase. The plan details the work the Trust will carry out during its first 5 years between March 2017 and March 2022. 

  • The NPHT will bring together, conserve and provide access to British Paralympic heritage.

In the NPHTs articles of association the objects are defined as:

  • The advancement of culture and heritage and, in particular, the culture and heritage of the British Paralympic movement in the United Kingdom and the role of Stoke Mandeville as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, and the promotion of public understanding and enjoyment of the same; and
  • The promotion of positive public perceptions and greater understanding of disability at both national and international levels.

At the heart of our work is the desire to break down barriers to disability. As such our organizational values are centered on equality through inspirational stories.

2. The NPHT Now

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT) was formally registered at Companies House in July 2015 to protect, conserve and share the unique and inspiring heritage of the British Paralympic Movement.  It is a registered charity, number 1165416 and Company, number 9765432. The journey to this point has taken over ten years during which there has been growing awareness of the importance of Paralympic history and Stoke Mandeville as the birthplace of the movement.

2.1 The Collection

  • The Heritage tells the history of a remarkable story through the many individuals and organisations that have been part of its birth and growth. It shows a journey that has had a profound effect on the lives of many disabled people and their families. Approximately 95% of British Paralympic heritage is not catalogued or conserved with many earlier items considered at risk.
  • The Heritage is focused on the unique history of the development of the Paralympic Movement in Great Britain; from the arrival of its leading pioneer, Dr Ludwig Guttmann, to its birth, in the form of the first Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948, through to the present day successes of the British Paralympic team. It is an inspiring and moving story of international significance.
  • For the purpose of our work we are defining Paralympic Heritage as items related to the British Paralympic Movement from the arrival in Britain of Dr Ludwig Guttmann in 1939 through to the present day as outlined in our Collections Development Policy.
  • The Heritage can be divided into two distinct areas; firstly collections already deposited, including those of the National Spinal Injuries Centre, WheelPower Sport and the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation. Secondly collections held elsewhere by organisations and individuals identified in the 2016 Jane Speller Mapping Report.
  • Digital access to the collections does not currently exist.
  • There are considerable gaps within the collections. They do not, for example, cover all sports or all timeframes.

2.2 Conservation and Scholarship

  • Conservation and cataloguing has not been carried out.
  • Funds are required to fully conserve and catalogue the collections.
  • There is academic interest from several universities, alongside growing public interest since London 2012.

2.3 People

  • NPHT has a strong Board of Trustees with scope to recruit 3 more Trustees.
  • NPHT has an administrator and a small team of consultants.

2.4 Buildings

  • The NPHT is not building based.
  • Plans for a Heritage Centre and Regional Exhibitions at host venues forms part of this strategy

2.5 Visitors

  • There are no visitors yet as there are no exhibitions in place.
  • Encouraging visits to exhibitions and to collections storage is a priority for the future.

2.6 Finance

The total Budget is £2.2 Million.

  • The main source of income is the Heritage Lottery Fund, which makes up 56% of our total Income.
  • 13% from the Founding partners.
  • A further 37% is being sought from Trusts and Foundations to meet the 5 year target.
  • Other forms of fundraising need exploring.
  •  membership and benefactors scheme needs to be established.

Public Engagement

  • There is a 5-year public engagement plan.

3. Looking towards 2022

NPHT will have national and international recognition for its Paralympic Heritage and expertise.

NPHT is committed to providing the widest possible access for people to engage with, document and learn about British Paralympic heritage stories and collections. As stated in NPHT Access Policy - accessibility is embedded into every aspect of the organisation, its operation and service delivery. This means that the way in which NPHT sets about achieving its aims and the resulting project outputs are approached in an inclusive way with flexibility and choices with people/target audiences involved in the heart of the process.

3.1 The Key outputs

  • An accredited collection and archive, with appropriate storage and conservation, and sign posting to other collections.
  • A permanent Heritage Display at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.
  • A network of modular regional exhibitions in Norwich, Manchester, Bradford, Bath and London.
  • A display and rehabilitation resource at the National Spinal Injuries Unit.
  • Pop-up displays for events.
  • A website providing a strong digital resource.
  • A learning and engagement programme.

3.2 The Collection

  • There will be digital access to the catalogued collections.
  • There will Paralympic collections expertise shared with other collection owners.
  • Gaps in the collections will be filled.

3.3 Conservation and Scholarship

  • Conserved and catalogued collections will be made available to academic research.
  • Possibilities of PhD research will be identified.
  • Links to universities will have developed.

3.4 People

  • Succession plans will be in place.
  • The Board of Trustees will be developed after skills auditing.
  • There will be a small core staff and consultant team that can expand for project work.

3.5 Buildings

  • NPHT will have developed strong relationships with host partners.

3.6 Visitors

  • A Target audience of 450,000 will have been reached

Made up of the target audiences as follows:

  • People who are interested and/or active in deaf and disability sports, heritage and culture.
  • People living or working locally to Stoke Mandeville and the Regional Exhibitions.
  • People interested in sports heritage and culture.
  • Learning & research communities.

3.7 Finance

  • A 2022-2027 sustainability plan will be in place.
  • A reserve will have been developed.

3.8 Public Engagement

  • The Learning and Engagement programme will be delivered with a 5-year development plan in place.