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Celebrating 10 Years Since London 2012 and Buckinghamshire’s Paralympic Legacy

Together We Build is a project to share the story of the Paralympics, the forerunner of which Dr Guttmann started in Stoke Mandeville in the 1940s; now known all over the world.  We have recruited 10 disabled Community Curators who have chosen objects from the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, Buckinghamshire Archives, Discover Bucks Museum and Waddesdon Manor’s collections.  These items will be displayed across the County in cultural venues.  None of these objects have been on display before.  

From 9th September to 4th November, you can visit 10 cultural venues to view the objects our Community Curators have chosen – sharing this important story for Bucks.

Screenshot of Together We Build Virtual Gallery showing the inside of a virtual building with images of objects and texts on the walls.

Our Together We Build Online Panel: 10 Years on from London 2012 took place on Zoom at 6pm on 6th October 2022 and shared the reflections of our speakers, as well as discussion about the Paralympic heritage of Bucks. You can view a recording of the panel here:

Take a look at the calendar below for Paralympic inspired events taking place this October and November across Bucks.

The 10 Cultural Venues and their objects are:

Amersham Museum, Amersham, HP7 0DP

Amersham Museum is hosting the Gravity Costume Corset from the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. This object was chosen by Maggie.

Amersham Museum is open Wednesdays to Sundays, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12noon to 4:30pm.  For full visitor information and to learn more about Amersham Museum, please see their website:

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, HP20 1UG

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is hosting the Swaypole Dress from the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. This object was chosen by Christy Eastwood.

The Swaypole Dress will be displayed in the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Main Entrance. When the building is closed, this will still be visible from the front and when the building is open it will be seen next to the sliding doors on the right hand side as you enter. Find out more here:

Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield, HP9 2PL

Bekonscot Model Village is hosting mascots from the 1984 Paralympic Games in Stoke Mandeville and the 2020 Paralympic Games held in Toyko. This object was chosen by Simon Stiel.

The display will be in the Education Centre. The Centre will be open 7 days a week 10am until 4.30pm until Sunday 30th October.  Please be aware that the exhibition will be closed to the public on occasions when school groups are making use of the Education Centre. For more information:

Buckinghamshire Archives, Aylesbury, HP20 1UU

At Buckinghamshire Archives you can see the photograph by Marcus Lyon of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

To view the photograph, please ask to see the picture at our reception, during our opening times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5pm. Also, first Saturday in the month: 9:30am to 12:30am and 1.30pm to 4pm. From 19 September, our opening times increase to: Tuesday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Wednesday: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Thursday: 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, First Saturday in the month: 9am to 12:30 and 1:30pm to 4pm.

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Peter, HP8 4AB

Chiltern Open Air Museum is hosting Chris Hallam’s Racing Wheelchair. This object was chosen by Sylvie Maher.

The wheelchair will be on display from 17th September and can be viewed when the Museum is open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am-5pm in term time until September, and then Saturdays and Sundays in October until 27th October and including the October half term, 10am-5pm.

Discover Bucks Museum, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP

Discover Bucks Museum is hosting a sculpture of Romulus and Remus and the mother wolf alongside unfinished medals. These objects were chosen by Ben Laferlla.

Discover Bucks Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10-4pm. The Together we Build object case is located opposite the Georgian Room before the main Discover Bucks Galleries. If you are visiting only to see the items on display for this project, please let one of our Front of House staff members know and they will escort you through without charge. For more information:

The Elgiva, Chesham, HP5 1HR

The Elgiva is hosting a photograph donated by Pamela Relph of the Mixed Cox Four LTA winning gold in the London 2012 Paralympics. This object was chosen by Karen, Paula and Michael.

The object will be exhibited in the main foyer near the entrance opposite the box office. The Elgiva will be open between 10.30am and 3.00pm Monday to Saturday and during events.  For more information see:

Marlow Library, Marlow, SL7 1BL

Marlow Library is hosting a London 2012 Paralympics Athlete’s Sport Shirt designed by Stella McCartney. This object was chosen by Theresa.

The shirt will be displayed on the ground floor of the Library. The Library is open: Tuesday, 10am-6pm / Wednesday, 10am-5pm / Thursday, 10am-4pm / Friday, 10am-5pm / Saturday, 10am-4pm and closed Sunday and Monday. For more information see:

Milton’s Cottage, Chalfont St Peter, HP8 4JH

Milton’s Cottage is hosting Tickets and Programmes for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Paralympic games. These objects were chosen by Diane Hands and Andrew.

Milton’s Cottage is open Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm-5pm (last entry 4.30pm) until 31st October 2022. For more information see:

National Paralympic Heritage Trust, Stoke Mandeville, HP21 9PP

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust is hosting a Letter from Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann (Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium for the Paralysed and Other Disabled) to Dorothy de Rothschild, 20 Dec 1971.

The letter will be viewable in the Guttman Display at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre within the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, which is open daily. For more information see:

You can also follow the link to their Togehter We Build project website

Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, HP21 7RT

Queens Park Arts Centre is hosting the Tokyo 2020 Relay Torch. This object was chosen by Daniel Pentony.

Queens Park Arts Centre will be open Monday-Thursday (10am-9.30pm), Fridays (10am-4pm) and Saturdays (10am-1pm), with a coffee bar on site alongside additional free-to-view exhibitions from local artists and makers. 

Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, HP18 0JH

Waddesdon Manor is hosting the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games Flight Menus. This object was chosen by Andrew Shipley.

Waddesdon’s display is located in the Powerhouse, directly opposite the Manor Shop courtyard. The Powerhouse is fully accessible during opening hours, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am until 5pm.

Other Project Strands

This work will be backed up by training in access and disability awareness, development of an Access Manifesto and collection of memories and reflections relating to the 2012 Paralympics. 

The project is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Buckinghamshire Council. It is led by Buckinghamshire Culture, National Paralympic Heritage Trust, Buckinghamshire Archives, Discover Bucks Museum and Waddesdon.

Community Grants Updated – applications until 3rd October

We are offering Community Grants of up to £2,000 for volunteer-led and cultural organisations or community groups to deliver heritage-inspired activities in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympics. These grants will fund activity taking place in Autumn 2022/Spring 2023.

We are keen to see a broad range of grass-roots and diverse organisations taking part in the project.

Download the Community Grant processes and criteria here:

Applications can be made via online form accessed here:

Deadline for applications: closed.

Thanks to National Lottery players