Art Fund Museum of the Year - Judges Visit

6th June 2017

On Monday 5th June the Art Fund Museum of the Year judges came to visit us.

The judges panel consists of: Stephen Deuchar, Hartwig Fischer, Jo Whiley, Munira Mirza and Richard Deacon – to find out more about the judges panel CLICK HERE.

The judges were welcomed to the National Heritage Centre by the Mayor of Newmarket, Cllr Andy Drummond, who went on to tell them about the img_6877importance that the National Heritage Centre brings to Newmarket.

They were given a quick tour of the site where they were introduced to staff, volunteers, trustees and visitors. In the Trainer's House the judges were treated to a preview of the All Saints CEVA Primary School Year 4 Literacy Project. Here the school children presented a wonderful poem about ‘Derby Day’ – that had been inspired by the painting ‘The Derby Day’ by William Powell Frith.

The next gallery to visit was the Pivotal Simulator Gallery – here they were given a masterclass on the simulator by mnjp-05-06-17-gp-004students from the British Racing School students before Jo Whiley got on and tried it out for herself! She was very stylish.

Onto the Rothschild Yard and the judges got to meet the lovely Premio Loco and then watch Starluck being put through his paces in the RoR demonstration.

The next stop was the Fred Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, here they were given a tour by Trustee, Tim Cox and allowed time to browse the beautiful collection.

The judges ended their visit in the God of Sport Exhibition and were introduced mnjp-05-06-17-gp-006to the very talented photographer Chris Smith. It was clear the judges were blown away by his work and Jo Whiley wrote in the Visitors Book: “Incredible collection and a wonderful gallery - a privilege to see."

A delicious tea was then served in The Tack Room before the judges departed back to London.

Photo credits: Newmarket Journal