Heritage and Culture
FRIENDS OF NEWMARKET LIBRARY
REFURBISHMENT OF THE RACING COLLECTION
At the end of 2016, the Racing Foundation awarded £9,850 to The Friends of Newmarket Library under its Small Grants Programme, to cover the cost of refurbishing, updating and re-cataloguing the Racing Collection, which is homed in a dedicated room within the library.
The unique collection consists of an impressive range of 700 historic publications, including Racing Calendars dating back to 1760, Ruff’s Guides to the Turf dating back to 1897 and Bloodstock Breeders Reviews dating back to 1912. It also contains a range of racing reference books and biographies that have been donated over time.
The collection is open to the public so it is hoped the refurbishment will ensure its long-term preservation, increase its accessibility and usage and raise awareness of its content. Part of the grant will also be used to update marketing materials and further promote the collection in the local and wider community.
The refurbishment has since been completed and is now fully open to the public.
FREE SPIRIT HORSE MEMORIAL
REFURBISHMENT OF THE RACING COLLECTION
A small grant was also awarded to the Free Spirit Horse Memorial, a charity that has been set up to raise funds to produce a memorial dedicated to acknowledging the horse's service to mankind in conflict, work and sport. The life-sized bronze will be homed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Stafford, which is visited by 500,000 people each year, and will be the first memorial granted by the NMA to an animal in its own right. Given the prominence of the sport of horseracing (second most popular sport in the UK behind soccer) and the crucial role played by the Thoroughbred, the Racing Foundation’s Trustees felt it was important for the horseracing industry to join other equestrian sports in supporting the appeal.
The memorial will also be used as an education tool for youngsters to learn about the role of the horse in history and sport. Information packs will cover all spheres of equestrianism and will provide an opportunity to showcase the racing industry and the career opportunities it offers.
The appeal is ongoing and due to reach its target in time for a September 2018 unveiling.
HOME OF HORSERACING TRUST
EXHIBITION DISPLAYS FOR NEW MUSEUM
A grant was awarded to the Home of Horseracing Trust to fund two display stables in the King's Yard exhibition space at the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, in Newmarket. The displays provide information on 'equine welfare' and 'education and training', both of which feature the work of charities to advance equine and occupational welfare within the racing industry.
This grant was made in addition to another large grant towards the capital development of the new museum site.
The new museum was officially opened by HM The Queen on 3rd November 2016 and further information on the displays and exhibitions can be found here>
NATIONAL HORSERACING MUSEUM
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME
£70,000 - 2 years
The Racing Foundation awarded a grant of £70,000 to the National Horseracing Museum, in Newmarket, towards the cost of a 2-year programme to extend and develop its education and community engagement initiatives. The education activities are delivered through a collaboration between the museum, Newmarket Racecourses and Jockey Club Estates in an attempt to ensure that every child educated in and around Newmarket learns about the racing industry. They also deliver community outreach and education work to socially excluded adult groups in the region.
The programme includes the expansion of volunteer recruitment, with the ultimate aim of increasing the museum's active volunteer base to between 100 and 150 participants.
For more information on the current Volunteering Programme, please click here>
This grant was awarded in addition to a previous grant to fund a part-time education officer to run a programme for local schools and to purchase a new minibus.