Celebrate the Suffrage Centenary at Palace House on Sunday 15th July

12th July 2018


The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House are celebrating 100 Years since Women got the vote on Sunday 15th July, the birth date of the leader of the Suffragette movement, Emmeline Panckhurst. We will be joined by historian and costumed interpreter Dr Kate Vigurs who will be in full Suffragette attire and giving rousing talks throughout the day in the Kings Yard of Palace House. Hear all about what life was like for a Suffragette, listen to her campaign and hear first-hand accounts of demonstrations, imprisonments and her struggle to get women the vote. The talks will be running at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. They will be held in the Kings Yard of Palace House and will be free of charge.

One of The National Heritage Centre’s new displays is also a celebration of women’s rights, specifically the rights of women trainers. Classic Trainer: Florence Nagle (1894-1988) explores the campaign waged by Nagle to gain equal status with male trainers by obtaining a licence in their own name rather than a male employee or husband. It was not until 1966 and a Court of Appeal ruling in her favour that women were able to train under their own names. The collection is fortunate to have acquired three scrapbooks prepared by Nagle documenting this campaign, one of which is now on display.

Dr Patricia Hardy, Head of Collections, Displays and Exhibitions for The National Heritage Centre of Horseracing and Sporting Art, commented:

‘The story of Florence Nagle is one of determination and perseverance; it is incredible to think women couldn’t take out training licences in their own name until she succeeded in changing the regulations in 1966.’

Rachel Hood, Mayor of Newmarket and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art said:

‘This is an incredible celebration of 100 years since women won the right to vote and I am so pleased that Palace House are marking the occasion with this wonderful free event as well as bringing the women and girls of Newmarket together for a community photograph. This anniversary reminds us of the importance of women being granted the right to vote and recognises the suffering of those brave women who fought so hard for our rights.’

 The National Heritage Centre are also calling the women and girls of Newmarket to join us for a community photograph outside Palace House at 12pm, to celebrate the achievements of women past and present. For members of the public who would like to attend the community photograph, Palace House would ask that they arrive at Palace House before 12pm, parking is available in the Rous Road carpark behind TK Maxx as well as the All Saints carpark on All Saints Road. Palace House has the wonderful Tack Room restaurant on site with a well-priced menu and the on-site Pantry Bakery where take-away food and drinks can be purchased throughout the day.