Her Majesty The Queen will open the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art on Thursday 3 November 2016.
Her Majesty The Queen will officially open the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art on 3 November.
The opening ceremony will take place in the morning when Her Majesty will be introduced to a few of the equine stars in the Rothschild Yard before she is shown the museum including the Robert’s Veterinary Gallery and the Pivotal Racehorse Simulator Gallery supported by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust, as well as a gallery showing for the first time the recently excavated skeleton of Pot8os an important 18th century stallion. This will be followed by the unveiling of the official opening plaque and a tour of the Fred Packard Museum and Galleries of British Sporting Art, in Palace House.
Her Majesty The Queen is Patron of the National Horseracing Museum and opened the original Museum on Newmarket High Street on 30 April 1983. Since that date the collection in the museum has grown significantly and it became clear that a larger venue was needed to showcase its internationally renowned collection, the sport of horseracing in general and related artwork.
In March 2005 the Home of Horseracing Trust was formed by local partners and plans for the National Heritage Centre were developed. 11 years on, a world-class destination has been created in a venue that showcases the ‘Sport of Kings’ in every element, preserving its past, safeguarding its present and celebrating its future.
The National Heritage Centre is situated in the remains of Charles II’s sporting palace and stables built in 1671, and spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions: the new National Horseracing Museum, a national gallery of British Sporting Art, and a chance to meet former racehorses, in the flagship yard of the Retraining of Racehorses charity.
Her Majesty will tour the venue and will be introduced to many of the individuals and organisations whose support over the years has made the redevelopment possible. Children from All Saints School will line the drive to welcome the arrival of Her Majesty and one of the pupils from the school will present a posy to The Queen.