History

These history pages about Stoke Mandeville hospital and the growth of the Paralympic movement have been put together from a variety of sources. 

They use archive material from the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville and from the disability sports charities WheelPower and IWAS (both based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium); they also make extensive use of interviews with former staff, patients and athletes from Stoke Mandeville and elsewhere and include a lot of photographs and other material supplied by interviewees.

The history covers the experiences of patients and carers at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and changes in the treatment of spinal injuries; the growth of sport at Stoke Mandeville leading to the development of the Paralympic movement as recounted through the personal stories of many athletes; and the story of Sir Ludwig Guttmann and his legacy, at Stoke Mandeville.