Paralympic Heritage - Stories from Bradford

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Sat 26 Jan 2019 - Sun 9 Jun 2019

Visit the accessible and interactive new exhibition in the beautiful setting of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. Witness just how far we have come as a nation in supporting and celebrating disability sport. Using a range of displays, memorabilia and art, visitors will learn about local and national Paralympians, all of whom have contributed to Paralympic heritage. Come and find out how it all began with the inspirational story of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann and the D-day landings.

As part of this prestigious partnership with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is very proud to present the Official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic prints. The images were part of a high profile-campaign to promote the London 2012 Games and have become a special celebration of the meeting of art and sport. Artists such as Sarah Morris, Tracey Emin, Fiona Banner and Bob & Roberta Smith include their Paralympic inspired works, alongside Bridget Riley; Chris Offili, Howard Hodgkin; Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Gary Hume and Rachel Whiteread.

We welcome involvement from the community to help create elements of the exhibition, by telling local stories connected to the Paralympics and disability sport. To find out more visit the events page at

The NPHT and BMG team are interested in collecting local stories of how people have been inspired by disability sport. We are looking for any memorabilia (tickets, medals, clothing, photos, programmes, personal stories) that people wold like to share as part of the exhibition.

We would love to record interviews from past Paralympians, athletes, coaches, officials and families who have been part of the Paralympic and disability sports journey so far. Please email [email protected]

Image credits: Shot Put image of Dick Thompson, courtesy of Wheelpower

Goalball image at NPHT Norfolk exhibition, courtesy of Fisheye Images

Lawn Bowls image at 1976 Toronto Games, courtesy of Margaret Maughan

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