The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art is Suffolk’s Museum of the Year

Suffolk Museum of the Year

Suffolk Museum of the Year!

The Mather & Co designed National Heritage for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House Newmarket has won Suffolk Museum of the Year 2017. In a year which saw the highest number of contenders competing, the museum took the overall title.

The museum, which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in November 2016 has been open just shy of a year and showcases 8,000 objects including existing artwork from the British Sporting Art Trust and Tate Britain. Back in July 2017, the museum was one of five museums nominated for the Art Fund Museum of the Year – narrowly missing out on the award.

Suffolk County Councillor Richard Smith, made a speech at the awards evening expressing how museums are positively impacting the county’s growth. Throughout the speech appreciation was shown to the 1,600 volunteers who have worked in Suffolk’s museums alongside dependable visitors.

Around 28,000 visitors have been through the doors of the museum in the first year of opening.

What an incredible year for an incredible museum!