National Paralympic Heritage Trust
The National Paralympic Heritage Trust was established in July 2015 to protect and share British Paralympic Heritage. The Paralympic Heritage Centre is based at Stoke Manderville, which is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement and the National Paralympic Heritage Centre and celebrates and explores this unique history. 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.
The NPHT hold the following collections:
– WheelPower – British Wheelchair sport
– The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation.
– The British Paralympic Association
– The National Spinal Injuries Centre (this is both medical and sporting as it was the birthplace of the Paralympic Games)
– Tony Sainsbury Collection
– Many small scale collections of individuals ranging from Paralympians, volunteers at Paralympic events, medical staff involved in Paralympic Games and other.
Special interests represented in this collection
All the collections relate to disability sport. The NPHT holds all the collections from many of the major disability sport organisations. Highlights include 69 costumes from the London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremonies, with supporting design books and small models for the set design.
Much of the collections relate to women’s sport as women were treated equally in the Paralympic Games. Highlights include a gold medal won by the recently deceased Margaret Maughan for archery at the Rome 1960 Games. There is also a silver and bronze medal from these games won by Lady Susan Masham. Other notable collections include items from Sally Haynes, Caz Walton, Gwen Buck and Yvonne Matt