Take a look below at the latest additions to our displays at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre and National Spinal Injuries Centre. For more information about the NPHT collections visit our Collections Catalogue page. You can also watch our series of Paralympic heritage collection videos here: What's in our Paralympic collection?

National Paralympic Heritage Centre

Paralympic Heritage: Stories from Buckinghamshire Project

As a partner school on the “Stories from…” project, year 9 students from Waddesdon Church of England Secondary School met Helene Raynsford, Paralympic gold medallist rower at the Beijing 2008 Games. They found out about her personal journey and the impact of representations of para-sport, as seen in promotional material surrounding the Paralympic Games.  This was a theme built upon by artist, Caroline Cardus, whose experience as a disabled woman informs her reflective and language-based art form.  Students attended two valuable and insightful mentoring workshops with Caroline who talked with them individually about the work they were producing and the messages they conveyed, intentionally and unintentionally, which enabled the students to build on their work in an informed and conscious way. In September the school held a Paralympic celebration event to showcase the work developed from this project.

This project is one of 22 projects that the NPHT are creating in affected communities along the first phase of the HS2 route.  Read more about this project here.


National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital

Tokyo 1964 and Tokyo 2020

We are delighted to share with you some items from our collection relating to both the Tokyo 1964 and 2020 Paralympic Games.

The Tokyo 1964 Games was the second official Paralympic Games referred to as both the International Stoke Mandeville Games and the Paralympics at that time.

Tokyo 2020

1. A selection of pin badges and a key ring given to us by visitors from Tokyo in 2019.

2. Someity, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Mascot.

Tokyo 1964

3. 1964 souvenir hanging brought back to the UK by staff from the National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC).

4. KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) flight menu taking athletes to Tokyo in 1964. They flew via Anchorage because due to the Cold War it was not safe to fly over Russia.

5. KLM flight menu bringing athletes home from Tokyo in 1964.

6. and 7. Two photographs from the opening ceremony of the 1964 Games, including one of the GB Team.