National Paralympic Heritage Centre
Widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, Stoke Mandeville Stadium is the home of the first National Paralympic Heritage Centre.
Our small Museum brings the history of the Paralympics and its stories of human endeavour to life. The story begins in the late 1940s at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann encouraged wounded veterans to play sport as an aid to rehabilitation from spinal injury. This led to local competitions, to the Stoke Mandeville Games, and to the Paralympic Games which today attracts national and international public support and interest.
The interactive displays include:
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
Open daily for the general public
School and group bookings available
Audio and BSL Tours available
Please visit our website for more information about accessibility and family activities.
Who to contact
Where to go
- National Paralympic Heritage Centre
Stoke Mandeville Stadium
- HP21 9PP
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Getting to the National Paralympic Heritage Centre
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Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Monday and Tuesday 12 midday to 6pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 10am to 6pm
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- Age Ranges
- All ages
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