14th February 2018
Mill Reef - 50 Years

Mill Reef - 50 Years

The iconic flat horse Mill Reef, winner of the Derby and the Arc was born 50 years ago on 23rd February 1968. Mill Reef with Professor Roberts at The National Stud. c.1973, The Roberts Collection, National Horseracing Museum We are pleased to mark this anniversary with a display that will showcase key items from the Museum collection to celebrate this phenomenal hors…

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9th February 2018
Charles II & Palace House

Charles II & Palace House

Palace House is steeped in royal history, this blog looks at how Charles II chose to settle on Newmarket to build his sporting palace and stables. 6th September 1651 Charles and Colonel Carlis a royalist officer, hide amongst the branches of an Oak tree at Boscobel House. Fear made their hearts beat furiously. They could hear and see the Roundhead soldiers searching t…

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9th February 2018
The 2007 Winter Derby

The 2007 Winter Derby

When visitors climb the stairs to the Trainer's House at the National Heritage Centre there is a very large vibrant photograph of the 2007 Winter Derby which was won by Gentleman’s Deal. Gentleman’s Deal, by Danehill, is the horse in the centre of the photograph (his rider Paul Mulrennan is wearing a yellow cap).  He was trained by Mick Easterby in Yorkshire. Li…

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9th February 2018
Mill Reef - Early Career

Mill Reef - Early Career

Named after a stretch of coastline near owner and American philanthropist Paul Mellon’s winter home in Antigua, Mill Reef was foaled at his Rokeby stud in Virginia on 23 February 1968. To celebrate the incredible career of the 1971 Derby and Arc winner we have lined up a series of Q&A blogs during the year with his trainer Ian Balding. Our first blog features hi…

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9th February 2018
Take a Newmarket Tour in 2018!

Take a Newmarket Tour in 2018!

Newmarket is a fascinating place to visit. It is rich in history and heritage, surrounded by beautiful countryside and home to some of the most famous names in horseracing. However, arguably the most interesting thing about our town is the many unique and often quirky characteristics that you may not have known existed. For example, did you know that horses have right…

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6th February 2018
Arabian Horse: From the Desert to the World

Arabian Horse: From the Desert to the World

Arabian Horse: From the Desert to the World, is a compelling new exhibition that will present a rich selection of key works to mark this memorable anniversary and to celebrate the history of the world’s oldest horse breed. The exhibition opens on Thursday 22nd March until Friday 13th July 2018. Wilfrid Scawen Blunt on Pharoah Lady Anne Blunt (c) Philip Viscount Kne…

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28th January 2018
Jonnie Skull - From Racehorse to Riding Horse

Jonnie Skull - From Racehorse to Riding Horse

From Racehorse to Riding Horse - find out how Jonnie Skull has done since he retired from the racetrack. Jonnie Skull began the Retaining of Racehorses (RoR) programme at Palace House Newmarket in October following his retirement from the racetrack earlier in the summer. Since arriving at Palace House he has flourished and is enjoying life outside of racing. Jonnie S…

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26th January 2018
West Tip - A National Hero

West Tip - A National Hero

We look back at the career of a National Hero, West Tip West Tip was named after the Irish Hurling team – West Tipperary, was trained by Michael Oliver and owned by Peter Luff throughout his entire career. His racing life almost ended before it started, for as a five-year-old when being ridden out, a lorry caught him on his hind quarters resulting in a gash that r…

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20th January 2018
A Meeting with Richard Linley, BHA's Senior Inspector of Courses

A Meeting with Richard Linley, BHA's Senior Inspector of Courses

In late November last year former National Hunt jockey Richard Linley visited The National Heritage Centre. Now employed as the British Horseracing Authority's Senior Inspector of Courses working with a team of three other Inspectors we asked him about the complexities of this crucial role.   How did you get the job and how long have you been in the role? Having…

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17th January 2018
James Ward: Animal Painter

James Ward: Animal Painter

We are delighted to announce our new special exhibition for 2018 will be James Ward: Animal Painter Friday 4 May until Sunday 28 October 2018. Brought together for a rare viewing, are paintings including the artist’s arresting Fight between a Lion and a Tiger (1797) on loan from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and View in Tabley Park (1813-18), on loan from Tate…

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