Palace House Celebrates £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund

The National Horseracing Museum, that makes up one third of the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House in Newmarket, is celebrating after receiving a £2,500 gift from The Patron’s Fund. The charitable fund was set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Around £750,000 is available to distribute between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth. The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall last June.

The National Heritage Centre at Palace House was opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 3rd November 2016. It is situated in the remains of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables and spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket. Comprising three complementary attractions; a new National Horseracing Museum and a National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art. There is also a chance to meet former racehorses and learn what they do after racing in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), which makes it a world class venue to visit.

This new facility allows visitors to explore horseracing and British sporting art from its origins to the world wide phenomena it is today, taking in its history, exploring the present and safeguarding its future. The most surprising and enterprising element is the addition of live horses in the flagship yard for RoR, where visitors can meet retired thoroughbred racehorses and see what inspiring animals they are.

A result of over ten years planning, building and fundraising, it is the biggest new attraction to open in Suffolk in the last decade. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Forest Heath District Council, Suffolk County Council, The Wellcome Trust, the Racing Industry (including the Jockey Club, Tattersalls, Weatherbys and the Racing Foundation) as well as many private trusts, foundations and individuals from the world of horseracing and beyond, the project is an important example of partnership across the public and private sectors.

Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art said:

We are very proud of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty’s love for racing has spanned nearly eight decades which is highlighted in the quality of the horses she has both bred and raced. Through the Patrons Fund we will be able to instigate the conservation of a number of items from the permanent collection to enable these to go on public display. Fittingly these will include objects in our Royal connection display.”

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of The Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund, said:

‘The Patron’s Fund is very pleased to be able to support The National Horseracing Museum with its valuable work. The National Horseracing Museum is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as a Patron, which between them make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.’