Together We Celebrate 2024

To mark the upcoming Paris 2024 Summer Paralympic Games, we are once again asking Buckinghamshire’s communities to join us and our partners in celebrating the county’s unique and proud Paralympic heritage.

Our collaborative approach aims to bring like-minded partners, organisations, and communities together to recognise Buckinghamshire as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement. A series of activities and exhibitions themed around our shared advocacy of diversity, inclusivity and accessibility will take place throughout the summer as Together We Celebrate.

Activities include:

  • the launch of Buckinghamshire Archives’ Paralympic collection.
  • the exhibition of a Paralympic poster collection in partnership with National Paralympic Heritage Trust.
  • inviting families to see the creative artwork produced by local pupils supported by Rachel Gadsden, visual and performance artist and Dave Steele, The Blind Poet.
  • a themed offering of activities and events forming Buckinghamshire Culture’s Open Weekend
  • a bespoke and pioneering multi-sensory experience hosted by Vache Baroque and Milton’s Cottage to celebrate Deafblind Awareness week.

Check out the full list of activities and events celebrating Paralympic heritage in Buckinghamshire

View the activities
The results of an exclusive community flag making workshop used in the procession at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony, carried by Aces Wheelchair Basketball club members

Project partners include those who hold Paralympic collections: Buckinghamshire Archives, and National Paralympic Heritage Trust. And those who will host objects, displays and events for our exhibition; including but not limited to Discover Bucks Museum and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

Did you know?

The Paralympic movement began in 1948 at Stoke Mandeville hospital, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Dr Ludwig Guttmann. This is such an important story for our county, yet we often find that although it is well-known in Stoke Mandeville where it all started, and internationally, it is not well-known across wider parts of Buckinghamshire. With our cultural partners we can celebrate and share the story with people across the whole county and beyond.

Take a look at the timeline below to learn more about Buckinghamshire’s proud Paralympic heritage.