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 The local community is also in Matthew’s thoughts. While it may not be obvious that Palace House is part of the museum it is a building rich in history that is ripe for new thinking.
Currently this remaining element of Charles II’s racing palace is home to the British Sporting Art Trust and paintings by George Stubbs and Sir Alfred Munnings.
“People have said it used to be ‘our’ building, meaning Newmarket. I would agree, it does give the town a focus. We would like to create a community
cinema in the mews and perhaps a place for choirs to practice. The house could host weddings.”
E-ticketing will be more prevalent and there are plans - working with local hotels - to offer stay, dine and visit the museum packages.
The new events manager, Gemma Rainer, gave me a tour of the site last month and the first thing you notice is the size of it. The smart Palace Street entrance only hints at what’s in store.
First up the National Racing Museum tells the story of horseracing from its
earliest origins. The modern gallery was showing artwork of ‘man’s best friend’, striking studies of dogs little and large including, in a glass case, memorabilia of a little Pekingese who was smuggled into many a race meeting by its rather idiosyncratic owner.
Elsewhere there are works of silver, bronzes and artefacts including silks worn by famous jockeys Lester Piggott and Frankie Dettori. I was even shown a room displaying the various oufits of the infamous racing pundit John McCririck, donated by his wife Jenny.’
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