The National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket has received a grant of £166,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including NHRM in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, announced today.

The National Horseracing Museum (NHRM)is a unique national resource that places the hugely popular sport of horseracing at the centre of the nation’s story.

Housed in a five-acre site that encompasses Grade I listed Palace House (built 1668-1671), the Grade II Trainer’s House, King’s Yard (1857), Rothschild Yard (1903), paddocks, and arena. Palace House is home to the British Sporting Art Trust collections and the British Council’s collection of sporting engravings NHRM is also the showcase yard for Retraining of Racehorses charity where visitors can meet former racehorses being trained for life beyond the track.

This award will allow our organisation to continue with our special exhibition programme which is crucial to attracting visitors, improve our outdoor spaces to encourage the public to engage as lockdown eases and cover core costs until our commercial income recovers. It allows us to continue to support our local community and town, developing our family and community events and strengthen our education offer for schools and teachers.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Anne-Marie Hogan the Museum Director, said:

“The National Horseracing Museum is extremely grateful for the ongoing support from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. The award of this grant, allows the Museum and the town of Newmarket to continue to invest in the community and young people of the area.  It will support us as we continue to develop community events, educational offers and special exhibitions which will help bring culture and history alive on a local, national and international scale.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

Recent news