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About the Horseracing History Online website

The images on this database come from a large collection of glass negatives donated to the Museum in 1984 by The Sporting Press; Racing Illustrated, published in 1895/1896; and other photographs and objects in the Museum's collection.

Research for the project was undertaken by Ann Williamson, using a number of sources, including The Bloodstock Breeders' Annual Review (1911-1981), The Racing Calendar, The General Stud Book, Tote Investors' Who's Who in Racing (1939), The Biographical Encyclopaedia of British Flat Racing (Mortimer, Onslow and Willett, 1978), The Encyclopaedia of Steeplechasing (Smyly, 1979), The History of the Derby Stakes (Mortimer, 1962), Men and Horses I have known (Lambton, 1924) and numerous others.

As with any project of this size, errors may have occurred. We would be very interested to hear from you if you have any comments or corrections, via the feedback page

Project Contributors

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National Horseracing Museum
The Horseracing History Online website is owned by the National Horseracing Museum. The museum, located in Newmarket, tells the story of the people and horses involved in racing from its Royal origins to Lester Piggott, Frankie Dettori and other modern heroes.
Supported by Big Lottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund
This project has been carried out with funds from the Big Lottery Fund (formerly the New Opportunities Fund). The Fund's 50 million UK-wide digitisation programme is designed to bring the learning material and resources currently contained in galleries, libraries, museums and universities directly into homes and communities.
Ladbrokes logo

Thanks to Ladbrokes for sponsoring the hosting of this website. Ladbrokes is UK and Ireland's largest off-track bookmaker with around 2000 high street shops.

Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation

Thanks also to the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation for sponsoring this website.

Website Developed by:

Bright Interactive
Bright Interactive specialises in building interactive, data-driven websites. The Bright Interactive team designed this website specifically for the National Horseracing Museum, and developed it by customising their Image Archiving System - an extendable code framework that provides record and image management features.

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