29th May 2020
A Reassuring Voice - Simon Bailey

A Reassuring Voice - Simon Bailey

We have all probably had some bad days during lockdown.  A lot of times a reassuring voice makes all the difference.  One man who has continued to offer that help, albeit slightly differently, during the past two months has been Simon Bailey, The National Chaplain for UK horse racing. In our latest Palace House blog, Stephen Wallis spoke to Simon Bailey to find out…

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27th May 2020
A Jockey During Lockdown - Grace McEntee

A Jockey During Lockdown - Grace McEntee

With racing planned to resume on 1st June, we wanted to find out what it has been like for an Apprentice jockey during the lockdown. In our latest Palace House blog, our Digital Marketing Officer Robin, spoke to the Racing Excellence Apprentice Hands and Heels All-Weather champion and All-Weather Championship Apprentice Jockey runner-up, Grace McEntee. What was y…

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25th May 2020
Must See Monday: Prince Monolulu

Must See Monday: Prince Monolulu

Our first amazing exhibit, part of our #MustSeeMonday series, is our Prince Monolulu Display located in Gallery 6. Prince Monolulu, was an early racing celebrity and 20th-century tipster. He claimed to be an Abyssinian prince but whose real name was Peter Mckay, was famous for his multi-coloured jackets.  A typical outfit for him would have been a flamboyant jac…

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17th May 2020
The Apprentice Frank Conlon and a treble for The Queen at Haydock Park 1957

The Apprentice Frank Conlon and a treble for The Queen at Haydock Park 1957

On Friday 17th May 1957 Frank Conlon, then a 17-year-old apprentice lined up against a future Royal Classic winning colt at Haydock Park.  The colt was Pall Mall, who was owned by The Queen, herself only 31 years old. Her Majesty the Queen with Hayley Turner, Frank Conlon and Pat Cosgrave on 3 November 2016 Our latest blog by Stephen Wallis looks back to a wonderf…

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13th May 2020
A Jockey During Lockdown - Rab Havlin

A Jockey During Lockdown - Rab Havlin

With the hope of horse racing returning to the UK in the near future we wanted to find out what it has been like for a jockey during lockdown.  In our latest Palace House blog, Stephen Wallis spoke to Rab Havlin 46, the experienced Scottish born horseman, who has been with John Gosden’s team for two decades. Only a couple of weeks before racing was suspended Rab, …

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7th May 2020
VE Day & The 1000 Guineas of 1945

VE Day & The 1000 Guineas of 1945

“No hour of life is lost, that is spent in the saddle” Winston Churchill At 3pm on Tuesday 8th May, (VE Day) Prime Minister Winston Churchill spoke to the nation and declared that the war in Europe had come to an end. On that very afternoon thirty minutes earlier the 1000 Guineas was held at the July course and It’s hard to imagine the joy the large crowd mu…

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6th May 2020
The National Horseracing Museum needs your support

The National Horseracing Museum needs your support

As a charity, now more than ever, the NHRM in Newmarket needs your support to ensure we can continue to share the 350-year-old story of horseracing located in the historic Palace of Charles II for future generations to enjoy. Our work to preserve and promote this national archive, with many works on loan from some of the world's most famous collections of sportin…

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4th May 2020
Tour Guide & Gallery Assistant Jane O’Shea

Tour Guide & Gallery Assistant Jane O’Shea

It is with very great sadness that I have to report that our guide and gallery assistant Jane O’Shea, died at the beginning of May 2020.   Jane O’Shea Jane worked in the Horseracing Industry from 1978, primarily with Luca Cumani, then spending almost three decades at Somerville Lodge with William Haggas including looking after the brilliant Shaamit who went …

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1st May 2020
Podcast with our CEO about the painting 'Colt Hunting in the New Forest'

Podcast with our CEO about the painting 'Colt Hunting in the New Forest'

In a fantastic interview about one of the most arresting artworks in our Museum, 'Colt Hunting in the New Forest' by Lucy Kemp-Welch, Dr Steven Parissien is in conversation with Journalist Ploy Radford, in which he describes Kemp-Welch's beautiful work as symbolistic-realism. This fascinating podcast is available to hear online and you can discover more about this…

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1st May 2020
St Frusquin a Palace House 2000 Guineas Winner

St Frusquin a Palace House 2000 Guineas Winner

The 1896 flat racing season was famous for the rivalry between St Frusquin and Persimmon.  Our latest blog by Stephen Wallis features St Frusquin, a Palace House 2000 Guineas winner owned by Leopold De Rothschild. St Frusquin and Persimmon were both from the same blood, sired by the legendary racehorse and stallion St Simon.  Home bred by Leopold, his dam Isabel h…

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