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13th April 2019
100 First Women - Felicity Aston

100 First Women - Felicity Aston

A few weeks ago the British polar explorer Felicity Aston MBE visited Palace House where she delivered an inspirational talk at one of our evening with events. Felicity’s photograph is included in Anita Corbin’s fabulous 100 First Women exhibition which is currently on display at Palace House. Our latest blog features a Q & A with Felicity about her incredib…

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3rd April 2019
The First Woman to ride in the Grand National - Part 2

The First Woman to ride in the Grand National - Part 2

We resume our story about Charlotte Budd, née Brew, who in 1977 aged 21, became the First Woman to ride in the Grand National. Charlotte’s photograph can also be viewed in Anita Corbin’s fabulous 100 First Women exhibition currently on display at Palace House until 10 June. 42 runners went to post on Saturday 2 April.   The Fred Rimell trained Andy Pandy headed…

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1st April 2019
The First Woman to ride in the Grand National - Part 1

The First Woman to ride in the Grand National - Part 1

With the Aintree Festival only a few days away our latest Palace House blog features an interview with Charlotte Budd, née Brew, who in 1977 aged 21, became the First Woman to ride in the Grand National. Charlotte’s photograph can also be viewed in Anita Corbin’s fabulous 100 First Women exhibition currently on display at Palace House until 10 June.   What was…

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22nd March 2019
100 First Women - Alison de Burgh

100 First Women - Alison de Burgh

Among one of the Five First Women to attend the launch at Palace House of our new exhibition on Valentine’s Day was Alison de Burgh. Alison, a former British Long Bow Champion, became the first female Fight Director on the Equity register in 2000. The first woman to do so in history since Equity was formed in 1930. On the eve of the Anita Corbin’s First Women …

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19th March 2019
Nichola Eddery visits Palace House

Nichola Eddery visits Palace House

This week’s blog features equine and portrait artist Nichola Eddery, who visited Palace House earlier this year. Daughter of Pat, the legendary Champion jockey, we took the chance to ask Nichola about her thoughts of Palace House and her career as a leading equine and portrait artist. What were your impressions of Palace House? I think Palace House is a beautifu…

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5th February 2019
Torvill and Dean's Glory Days

Torvill and Dean's Glory Days

If you visit Palace House this winter you will see our new skating exhibition which explores how artists and photographers have depicted the nation’s love of speed and figure ice skating across the centuries. Two of Britain’s most famous skaters, Torvill and Dean feature in one of the many photographs on the second floor of Palace House until 28th April. Inspired …

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23rd January 2019
A Cheltenham hero of 1981 - Little Owl

A Cheltenham hero of 1981 - Little Owl

Our blog this week focuses on racing at Prestbury Park and the Cheltenham Festival Trials day. Grenville Davies looks back at the career of a Cheltenham hero of 1981 - Little Owl. The Peter Easterby trained gelding won January’s Cotswold Chase, then known as the Tote Double Chase, and the top prize, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. There’s an age-old saying that your Gr…

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13th January 2019
Hold Your Horses Racing

Hold Your Horses Racing

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a racehorse owner? Five volunteers at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art are currently living that dream. In this week’s blog one of those volunteer owners Rob Mckeown gives us an insight into ‘Hold Your Horses Racing’ a new syndicate for 2018. We started our syndicate in the autumn …

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4th January 2019
A Spectacular Year for Newmarket

A Spectacular Year for Newmarket

2018 has been a spectacular year for Newmarket. We have seen a first Derby win for Godolphin with Masar, Breeders Cup successes and the glories of John Gosden’s team; Roaring Lion, Stradivarius, Too Darn Hot, Cracksman and jewel in the crown, Enable.  The latter with the mercurial Frankie Dettori in the saddle won her 2nd Arc, after an injury hit season when the …

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16th December 2018
The Dickinsons and the King George VI Chase

The Dickinsons and the King George VI Chase

The Dickinsons and the King George VI Chase were a favourite festive double of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.   Between 1978 and 1985 the Dickinson family, Tony, Monica and Michael won the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on six occasions and the 1981 race was abandoned because of frost and snow. The Northern family based at Harewood stables in Yor…

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