The country is saddling up this weekend and the bets are on for Aintree’s Grand National. Meanwhile Mather and Co. is working hard on the new site for the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket.
Next year sees the museum move from its existing site on Newmarket High Street to a new residence at the Palace House & Stables. It is expected that the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art will bring an extra 40-50,000 visitors to the town each year and boost the economic regeneration of the town.
The five acre site will house over 8,000 objects including existing artworks from the museum and works from the British Sporting Art Trust and Tate Britain.
Reputed as the oldest racing stables in the world, Palace House was originally built for Charles II, but currently many parts remain derelict. As part of restoring an important heritage site, the Rothschild Yard and paddocks will be fully restored to provide a new home for the Retraining of Racehorses charity.
Funding provided by Forest Heath, Suffolk County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund equals £6.55 million, and further funds from private individuals and trusts means that The Home of Horseracing Trust has already reached its £15 million minimum marker.
Chris Garibaldi, Director of The National Horseracing Museum said
“Building work will be completed in 2015 and the internal fit-out and transfer of collections will go on throughout the year. We will then be opening our doors to the public in the first half of 2016.”