The Dreams of Gold exhibition at Banbury Museum – running from July 21 to September 8 – traces the Olympic Games from the first official modern Games in Athens in 1896 to London 2012. Among the fascinating exhibits on show at the museum is a gold medal won by King’s Sutton resident Beverley Gull, MBE in the 400m freestyle swimming at the Seoul Paralympics in 1988.
Sponsored by Banbury Historical Society, the exhibition also features a compilation of Pathe News clips showing previous London Olympics in 1948 and 1908, when the swimming events were held in an open air pool and tug-of-war was an Olympic sport. Children visiting the exhibition will be able to dress as early Olympians and throughout the summer there will be Olympic-related activities including the Alternative Games and Medalling with Clay, where children can make their own medal. Further details are available on 01295 753752.
Banbury Museum is open from Monday to Saturday 10:00-17:00 (Bank Holidays, 10:30-16:30). Admission is free.
Beverly Gull, who started swimming as part of her rehabilitation following a car accident in 1981, competed in Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992, winning three gold medals in her first games (400m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke). During her sporting career with Team GB, Ms Gull won 41 international gold medals, 13 silver and three bronze, setting 13 world freestyle records. In 1992 she was awarded an MBE for services to disabled sport. She is one of the larger-than-life figures represented in a sculpture located in Gale Street, Dagenham (the very street where she grew up). The sculpture also features fellow east London sporting legends Jason Leonard, Bobby Moore and Sir Alf Ramsay. Ms Gull returns to the Olymics this summer as a volunteer at Zaha Hadid’s breathtaking Aquatics Centre.