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Historic paralympic heritage exhibition comes to Norwich Cathedral this spring

Posted: Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:08

Historic paralympic heritage exhibition comes to Norwich Cathedral this spring

--UPDATE: Due to the adverse weather conditions at the beginning of the month, the launch has now been re-scheduled for Saturday 24th March--

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT), supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is presenting its first regional exhibition of an extensive tour in the fantastic setting of Norwich Cathedral.

The free exhibition will run from Saturday 24th March through 22nd May and will bring together, for the first time, the stories and heritage of the British Paralympic Movement at venues up and down the country, including in Manchester, Bradford, Bath and London as part of a five-year project.

The Paralympic story began 70 years ago when Sir Ludwig Guttmann began using sport as an aid to recovery for badly injured returning Servicemen. In 1948 the first Stoke Mandeville Games was staged, which became the foundation for the Paralympic movement.

At this spring's exhibition in Norwich Cathedral local organisations, including Active Norfolk, will join local Paralympians to share stories about disability in sport and the positive impact that physical can have on disability.

The unique exhibition will feature a Celebrating Diversity event on 21st April which will include a special service and the opportunity to try the Paralympic sport of Boccia in the cathedral nave and attend a seminar. Local schools will be invited to attend.

Funding support to put on this event has been generously provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Spirit of 2012, Norfolk Community Foundation, Jarrolds and Norwich Cathedral. The NPHT is inviting local people to share any of their own memorabilia and stories for documenting as part of a national archive record.

If you would like to volunteer as a Paralympic Heritage Ambassador at the exhibition itself, please contact katy-jayne.lintott@paralympicheritage.org.uk.

Tags: National Paralympic Sport Exhibition, Norwich Cathedral, Paralympic Heritage, Paralympic Sport