Creating accessible heritage environments for all
The birthplace of the Paralympic movement has now been celebrated at Stoke Mandeville Stadium with the opening of the National Paralympic Heritage Centre. Telling the story of the Paralympic Movement, the Heritage Centre showcases objects, documents and memorabilia including rare tickets, medals, sports kit, photographs and programmes that were previously held in storage and not available to the general public. It also incorporates interactive displays, videos and a handling collection, highlighting sports unique to the Paralympics such as goalball and boccia.
Our design has taken disability access to its maximum. Through consultation with our users and Paralympians we were able to offer a number of ways into the interpretation including BSL, subtitles, audio description, tactile maps, handrails and objects. 90% of users felt that this exhibition was the most accessible they had visited in the UK.
The displays showcase the determination, sportsmanship and vision that gave the world the Paralympic Games including the life and work of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann, key milestones in the journey from the 1948 Stoke Mandeville Games to the present day Paralympic Games, the development of wheelchair sports and Paralympic ceremonies.
National Paralympic Heritage Trust
— Nigel Purse, Chairman of the National Paralympic Heritage TrustThe Heritage Centre is of the highest quality. Everyone, bar none, has been most complimentary about it. It is beautifully designed and looks just amazing. We thank you so much for such an outstanding outcome.