A new short film is to be shown daily from 14 April to 14 May 2012 at Hove Museum in the run up to the opening of the World Stories: Young Voices gallery at Brighton Museum in June.
Paralympic Memories tells the story of ‘the biggest sporting scandal in history’. In 2000, at the Sydney Paralympic Games, the Spanish team of learning disabled athletes won a Gold Medal. However it later transpired that 10 members of the team did not have a learning disability and the team was stripped of their medals shortly after the games finished.
As a result of this the Paralympic Committee banned all learning disabled athletes from competing in Paralympic sporting activity. Across the world there was outrage about this decision, and a large-scale campaign was launched to stop this discrimination.
This short animated film celebrates the re-inclusion of learning disabled athletes for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. It was made by children from Downs View School and St Luke’s School in Brighton, as part of a project of inclusive film making work by Carousel, a learning disabled led arts charity based in Brighton.
Alongside this project, Brighton Museum opens the new World Stories: Young Voices gallery on 23 June 2012. This innovative new interpretation of the World Art collections forms part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World, and is the South East’s flagship museum project for the London 2012 Festival.
The Museums world class ethnographic collections, are displayed with the help of young people aged between 14 and 25 from across the UK. The project has enabled them to become ‘curators’ of the museum and archive collections with objects from around the globe, gaining practical experience of working alongside curators, film makers, artists, and writers. This new gallery will include objects not previously on public display.
Paralympic Memories will be shown at Hove Museum throughout normal opening hours each day from 14 April to 14 May 2012, free.
The World Stories: Young Voices gallery opens on 23 June 2012 at Brighton Museum.
Published 23rd March 2012
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