The Heath and the Horse

Tuesday 1st March until Sunday 30th October 2011.

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This years exhibition will examine the management, development, ecology and maintenance of the eighteenth- century landscape of Newmarket Heath.

Themes that will be explored include the role of Jockey Club Estates, changing training methods, the influence of urbanisation, the changing racecourse and the ecology of the Heath.

                                                                              courtesy of the Syndics of Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Along with photographs the exhibition will feature paintings from the Museum’s collection and a significant number of loans. The centrepiece will be John Wootton’s painting The Round Course at Newmarket (above) generously lent by the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

       The Al-Bahathri All-weather - the first synthetic track installed on the Heath (in 1986).                      

Note derelict pillbox from WWII in the background.


                                        The construction of the Cambridge Road Polytrack in 1997.

                 The 1890s:  Long Hill adjacent to the Moulton Road with the original Heath House in the distance.

The reservoir formed from the well source on the Heath. The Running Gap can be seen just beyond the top right-hand corner of the reservoir.