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16th June 2019
Willie Snaith (1928-2019) A Newmarket Man

Willie Snaith (1928-2019) A Newmarket Man

"Willie Snaith was more than that, he was a Newmarket man, not just a friend of the Museum". Graham Snelling, former Deputy Director of the National Horseracing Museum, gently corrected my original opening sentence. Willie, who died on 14 June 2019, was born in Gateshead and left school at 14. After a year working in a wool shop in Newcastle he moved to Middleham in…

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9th June 2019
Transforming People to Transform Museums

Transforming People to Transform Museums

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House has been working with Colchester and Ipswich museums on a new trainee scheme titled ‘Transforming People to Transform Museums’. This scheme consists of nine trainees at five museums in Suffolk including Palace House. This project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This we…

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27th May 2019
When Sceptre went to Epsom searching for more Classic Glory

When Sceptre went to Epsom searching for more Classic Glory

As we enter the week of the Investec Derby Festival this week’s Palace House blog returns to the story of Sceptre, who in 1902 travelled to Epsom already a dual Classic winner. Guest blogger Grenville Davies reviews the summer of 1902 when Sceptre went to Epsom searching for more Classic Glory. With Sceptre having proved far superior to any other three-year-old arou…

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12th May 2019
Mental Health Awareness Week  with Simon Bailey, National Chaplain to Horse Racing UK,

Mental Health Awareness Week with Simon Bailey, National Chaplain to Horse Racing UK,

This week’s Palace House blog comes from Simon Bailey, National Chaplain to Horse Racing UK, who gives us an insight into his role, as we enter Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May). This coming week is Mental Health Awareness Week. During the week Racing Welfare Officers, as well as myself, will be visiting racecourses throughout the UK to talk …

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2nd May 2019
Lester's Five Decades of 2000 Guineas Winners, from a Boy to a Grandfather

Lester's Five Decades of 2000 Guineas Winners, from a Boy to a Grandfather

Lester Piggott rode five winners of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile across five decades between 1957 and 1992.  His winning horses featured three future Derby winners, a Champion miler and the horse who gave him his 30th and final English Classic winner. As we build up to this weekend’s Guineas festival at Newmarket our latest blog takes a look at L…

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28th April 2019
Sceptre - A Mare of a Lifetime

Sceptre - A Mare of a Lifetime

As we look ahead to the Qipco Guineas Festival at the Rowley Mile, Newmarket  our latest blog by Grenville Davies features Sceptre, a mare of a lifetime, who achieved a remarkable Guineas double in 1902. Racing history is littered with great race mares: - Beeswing, Blink Bonny, Kincsem, Petite Etoile, whilst more recently there have been Black Caviar, Treve, Winx a…

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24th April 2019
100 First Women with Anita Corbin

100 First Women with Anita Corbin

In our latest blog we met up with Anita Corbin to talk about her 100 First Women photographic exhibition which has inspired visitors to Palace House over the past two months. Anita was born in Wimbledon in 1958 and although she won her first photographic prize after a school trip aged 10, she originally planned to be an environmental scientist.  However, after de…

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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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