The National Horseracing Museum, which makes up one third of the new National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket is set to receive one of its most significant loans since opening.
The ancient Greek prize amphora is on loan from the British Museum and is the oldest object in the National Horseracing Museum. It was made in Athens about 500BC-490BC, and is decorated in the black-figure technique.
This amphora is significant to horseracing because it is one of the oldest horseracing trophies. It would have been one of many given to the winner of the horse race in the Panathenaic games held every four years in Athens in honour of the goddess Athena, hence it is known as a Panathenaic amphora, These amphoras would have been full of Athenian olive oil, a valuable commodity used for cleansing the body, lighting and cooking.
Chris Garibaldi, director at Palace House Newmarket says: “We are thrilled to be displaying this wonderful Greek pottery vase from the British Museum. Not only is it a fantastic addition to the displays at the National Horseracing Museum but it highlights our ambition to show the very finest objects relating to the history of racing. We hope that visitors enjoy coming to see this very special object – apart from anything else, it is absolutely beautiful.”
On display in the National Horseracing Museum from 11th January – June 2017.
Click here for more information on the venue and contact details.
14/08/2018Three great places to indulge in Afternoon Tea
Here in Newmarket we are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the best places to take part in Afternoon Tea, one of the greatest of English traditions.
08/08/2018Meet Nick, the newest member of the Discover Newmarket team
We’ve got a new face in the Discover Newmarket office with Nick Gordon having joined the team in his role as Marketing Executive.
30/07/2018The Best Places for an Overnight Stay in Newmarket
Whilst our beautiful market town is certainly the home of horseracing, it is also the home to many wonderful locations for an overnight stay in Newmarket.
25/07/2018Best Country Walks around Newmarket
Newmarket may be best known for its horseracing heritage. But did you about the range of country walks around Newmarket?
16/07/2018Hugo Palmer Trainer and Yard
On the 11th August, our half day Short Head Tour returns with a behind-the-scenes look round the yard of top racehorse trainer, Hugo Palmer.
20/06/2018Family Fun in Newmarket with Summer Saturdays 2018
Family Fun in Newmarket heats up with Summer Saturdays 2018 at Newmarket Racecourses.
How is Newmarket getting involved in this years Suffolk Day celebrations?
08/06/2018The Stars Set to Shine at Newmarket this Summer
Live Music in Newmarket at Newmarket Racecourses’ Adnams July Course never cease to astound and amaze the thousands of people that attend each year.