Become a Friend

The Friends group was established to help the Museum by fostering an interest in all its activities and assisting in its future development. We support the Museum through fund-raising activities and use these funds to support acquisitions and projects. We aim to make our fund-raising interesting and fun for all our members.

Ascot Coach PosterAscot Special Greenline Coach Poster - Supported by the NHRM Friends

Joint Patrons: The Duke of Bedford and Gillian, Lady Howard de Walden

Membership Benefits

  • Visitors accompanying Friends will be offered the concessionary rate entrance 
  • Free admission to the entire Palace House site
  • Invitations to private views, lectures and tours
  • Friends newsletter twice a year
  • 10% discount in The Tack Room
  • 10% discount on most items in the Palace House Shop

Acquisitions supported by the Friends:

Washington DC International cigarette caseWashington DC International cigarette case

A fine Late-Victorian ladies fan with printed portraits of the Derby winners between 1857 and 1872. It even has the details of the winner’s pedigree, owner and jockey with a central panel portraying a Derby finish. It also features Macaroni, the 1863 Derby winner, trained at Palace House Stables by Jem Godding. This item was purchased with the generous donation made to the Friends in memory of Maureen Hills (as seen on the Get Involved home page with Michael and Richard Hills).

A 1938 London Transport framed panel poster design by Walter Goetz. This will feature in one of the principle galleries of the new museum.

A silver cigarette case commemorating the first running of the Washington DC International in 1952. This race was pioneering in the growth of international competition. The inaugural running was won by Wilwyn ridden by Manny Mercer, who was presented with a case – possibly this very one.


For further information please contact the membership secretary: or download our Membership leaflet (PDF)

The Secretary, Friends of the National Horseracing Museum, Palace House, Palace Street, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8EP

The Friends of the National Horseracing Museum is a registered UK Charity (No. 291154)