New Paralympic Exhibition Opens in Bradford

Mather & Co’s second temporary exhibition exploring the history of the Paralympic Games and disability sports entitled ‘Paralympic Heritage: Stories from Bradford’ opens in the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery on 26 January 2019 after a positive run in Norwich Cathedral.

Maggie Pedley, Libraries, Museums and Galleries Manager at Bradford Council, said: “This exhibition aims to raise awareness of Paralympic heritage and disability activities and to inspire people to take up or support disability sport.”

Using a range of displays, memorabilia and art, visitors to the exhibition will learn about local and national Paralympians, all of whom have contributed to Paralympic heritage including Lady Masham whose ancestors funded the building of Cartwright Hall. The exhibition will also include stories and memorabilia from para-athletes Peter Finbow, Stuart Meikle and David Stone MBE.

People can find out how it all began with the inspirational story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann, who encouraged wounded veterans to play sport as an aid to rehabilitation from spinal injury which led to the birth of the Paralympic movement.

Visitors can discover the sports of wheelchair basketball, cycling and goalball and find out how technology has evolved with one of the first running blades – named ‘The Cheetah’. The exhibition also features posters from the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games by leading artists including Sarah Morris, Tracy Emin, Fiona Banner and Roberta Smith as well as tactile exhibits of medals, torches, running blades and goalball kits.