Nationwide exhibition celebrating Britain's Paralympic history to start in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 10:12 17 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:12 17 February 2018
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Norwich will be the first host of a nationwide touring exhibition celebrating British Paralympic history.
For the first time the stories and heritage of the nation’s Paralympic movement will be brought together.
The Paralympic and Disability Sports Heritage Exhibition, organised by the National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT), launches at Norwich Cathedral on March 3.
It runs until May 22, when it moves on to another part of the country as part of the trust’s five-year project.
Ellen Vanlint, Active Norfolk’s inclusion officer, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to showcase some of the fascinating Paralympic heritage Norfolk has to offer.
“The history and the amazing stories are really inspiring, and we are keen to use these to raise awareness and interest in all the inclusive sporting opportunities that are currently available here in the county.”
Organisations including Active Norfolk, Norfolk Tennis and Norfolk Boccia will join forces with local Paralympians and filmmaker Ella Glendining to tell their own stories about their journey in disability sport.
One of the highlights of the exhibition will be a Celebrating Diversity event on April 21, including a service and the opportunity to try the Paralympic sport Boccia - a game similar to bowls played by wheelchair users - in the cathedral nave.
School children will also be able to get involved.
The Dean and Chapter of Norwich Cathedral said: “This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate diversity and perhaps to be challenged in our thinking and actions in terms of making sure that people right across our society are able to access our buildings and facilities and enjoy life to the full.”
The Paralympic movement started 70 years ago when Sir Ludwig Guttmann used sport as an aid to recovery for returning, badly injured servicemen.
In 1948 the first Stoke Mandeville Games was staged - the foundation for the Paralympic movement.
Items in the exhibition include Guttmann’s surgical box and medals from the first games.
The NPHT is inviting people to share any of their own memorabilia and stories.
To volunteer as a Paralympic heritage ambassador at the exhibition email firstname.lastname@example.org