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The London 2012 Paralympic Games


Although 2012 does not seem that long ago, it is now an historical event.  With the cycle of Paralympic Games, we now find ourselves four years on from the London Games and celebrating the next instalment in the Paralympiad at Rio.

The opening ceremony of the London Games was held on 29th August 2012, and was on the theme of ‘Enlightenment’.  Queen Elizabeth II opened the Games at the ceremony, which also included speeches by Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the Organising Committee and Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee.  One of the things that made London 2012 so special was that the Paralympic Games was “coming home” to Great Britain, as the forerunner of the Games had started at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948.

The items here are a ticket and programme from the opening ceremony (Ref: AR 116/2012) and also a jacket worn by a member of the Paralympics GB team at the ceremony itself (Ref: AR 114/2012).  The jacket includes the date of the ceremony inscribed on the back of the collar, as well as the latitude and longitude of the Olympic Stadium in London.

In recent years, the Centre has taken in a number of collections relating to the history of the development of the Paralympic movement at Stoke Mandeville, including patient records of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the records of the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (formerly the International Stoke Mandeville Games Federation).  We continue to work closely with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust to acquire more collections like this.

 Jacket _detail  Programme