Palace House

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Part of Palace House in Newmarket, Suffolk, UK
The Queen officially opened Palace House in 2016

Palace House is the home of Great Britain’s National Heritage Centre of Horseracing and Sporting Art in the remaining part of Charles II's racing palace in Newmarket, Suffolk, England. It is home to the National Horseracing Museum, the British Sporting Art Trust and Retraining of Racehorses, and was opened by Elizabeth II in 2016.

National Horseracing Museum[edit]

The National Horseracing Museum of the United Kingdom, a registered charity,[1] tells the story of horse racing from its earliest origins to the world-wide phenomenon it is today. This is explored through works of art, silver, bronzes and artifacts including silks worn by famous jockeys such as Lester Piggott and Frankie Dettori. Using the latest interactive and audio-visual displays, the museum also takes a different look at the sport, examining the physical attributes of the elite equine athlete and the importance of thoroughbred pedigree.

It contains collections and records of people and horses involved in the sport of horse racing from its royal origins to the present day. Exhibits include the history of horse racing, horse racing in Britain, trophies, paintings of famous horses, trainers and jockeys, jockey uniforms, betting, and horse racing memorabilia. The Vestey Gallery of British Sporting Art is located in the museum, and features changing exhibits of art relating to sports, including hunting, shooting, fishing, boxing, archery, rowing and horse racing.

The British Sporting Art Trust[edit]

The British Sporting Art Trust, a registered charity,[2] hosts a large collection of important pieces of British sporting art at Palace House. In the remaining part of Charles II’s racing palace is the Fred Packard Museum and Galleries of British Sporting Art and a new home for the British Sporting Art Trust. Paintings by George Stubbs and Sir Alfred Munnings rub shoulders with works from John Singer Sargent and John Wootton, showcasing some of the finest examples of British Sporting Art.

The gallery explores the development of popular sporting images through paintings, sculpture, print-making and the applied arts. Significant loans have come from the Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museum, along with a number of private and public art collections.

Retraining of Racehorses[edit]

Retraining of Racehorses hosts a number of retired racehorses in the Rothschild Yard in the Palace House grounds to meet with members of the public.

List of horses[edit]

The National Horseracing Museum contains an extensive archive of images from glass negatives with accompanying biographies. The list includes both runners and breeding stock.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Charity Commission. THE NATIONAL HORSERACING MUSEUM, registered charity no. 283656.
  2. ^ Charity Commission. THE BRITISH SPORTING ART TRUST, registered charity no. 274156.
  3. ^ "Horseracing History Online - Browse Archive (Horses)". Retrieved 21 September 2016.

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Coordinates: 52°14′38″N 0°24′25″E / 52.2439°N 0.4070°E / 52.2439; 0.4070