On July 11th 2016 The National Horseracing Museum and café, housed in the Jockey Club’s old Subscription Rooms on Newmarket’s High Street will close its doors to the public.
The Museum, which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1983 has received over 500,000 visitors. Since it opened its doors, the collection which has grown over the years, is now of international significance. The NRHM has put on some incredible exhibitions throughout the 33 years it has been open – two highlights being the Munnings and Thelwell Exhibitions.
The closing of the National Horseracing Museum and café signals the imminent move to the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. Over the past 18 months volunteers have been helping with the cleaning and packing of objects that are in the archive stores (amounting to nearly half of what is currently on display!). The objects that have are currently on display will undergo a similar process, and then be moved from their current home on the High Street into the new museum which will be located in the Trainer’s House and stables of the old King’s Yard on Palace Street.
The Museum Café has been a central hub for people to meet and enjoy home cooked food and both Cathy and Sharon who work at the NHRM café will be moving across to the new restaurant/café at the Heritage Centre which will be run by The Pantry.
The shop will remain open until August 1st with a range of discounted lines.
Graham Snelling, Curator of the NHRM said:
“The Museum has been at the current site for 33 years and as we now enter a new era we can be very proud of all that has been achieved during that period. For me personally is has been twenty five years in the current building and it has been a privilege to have worked with the collection and all the team.
We have had our challenges but no greater than or more exciting than the creation of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House in Newmarket. It is an opportunity to vastly improve the visitor experience and to present a brand new way of understanding horseracing and sporting art. With such a mass of material, it will enable a variety of subjects to be put into context. It is something Newmarket can be very proud of.”
Please do come and visit us before we close to the public, and be sure to come and see what is on offer at the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House this Autumn.