Close the summer in a pursuit of knowledge at new ‘An Evening With’ events at Palace House, Newmarket.


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Caption: Antiques Roadshow regular, Lars Tharp will be giving a talk on 21st September

August 2018 – The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House has set the bar high with the line-up for its latest eclectic series of ‘An Evening With’ lectures and performances, which will run from 21st September until 18th December.

Spanning decades of momentous points in history, intriguing topics, curious characters and of course, the odd horse or two, Palace House will be joined by some of the country’s most well- known speakers for a variety of evenings to inspire the mind. Learn from some of the best lecturers, curators, doctors, historians, journalists and detectives in the heart of Newmarket.

Award-winning sports journalist and Newmarket resident, David Walsh who investigated and broke the story surrounding Lance Armstrong and illegal drug use will be conducting a talk at Palace House on the 18th December. He said:

“Now that I have been living in Newmarket for almost 4 years I am particularly looking forward to speaking at Palace House. The National Heritage Centre at is a great asset to the town and I think it will be a fun and interesting evening.”

Please see the full line-up of events below:

21st September – Lars Tharp: Chthonic Cavalry and other hobby-horses |7.00pm – 8.30pm

The popular historian, lecturer and TV personality best known from the BBC Antiques Roadshow, Lars Tharp, will be trotting through time with the horses he has known, winners and losers from the roadshow and beyond!

5th October – Dr Kate Vigurs: WW1 Centenary Talk | 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Dr Kate Vigurs will be examining the Remount Regiment, looking at the impact of preparing horses for the front during the First World War.

12th October – Amber Butchart: Charles II: Clothing Fit for a King | 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Fashion historian and writer, Amber Butchart, discusses the place of Charles II in the history of fashion.

25th October – Elly Summers: Exploring the fashions worn by successive generations of women in the Royal Family | 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Curator of the ‘Royal Women’ exhibition at the Fashion Museum of Bath, Elly Summers will examine how the role of royal women influenced their choice of dress from Alexandra Princess of Wales’s wedding dress to Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth.

31st October – Trevor Marriot: Jack the Ripper: The Real Truth | 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Retired Scotland Yard special branch detective, Trevor Marriot, will re-examine the notorious case of Jack the Ripper through the eyes of a modern day investigator.

3rd November – Scintillo Quartet: Music in the Mews: From the Baroque to the Romantic | 7.00pm – 8.30pm

This Suffolk based string quartet, who have performed for HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, will play some of classical music’s most famous pieces, from the Baroque to the Romantic.

9th November – David Reynolds: Churchill and Stalin: A Special Relationship? | 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Professor of International History at Christ’s College, Cambridge, David Reynolds will give an insight into the special relationship between Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin through the extensive correspondence between the two giants of the 20th Century.

10th December – Dr Annie Gray: Cuckolds Delight and Mother’s Ruin: A History of Gin | 7.00pm – 8.30pm

The history of gin is one of murder and mayhem, far from the jolly tipple of today. Dr Annie Gray will discuss its fraught history and why it’s such a favourite of today! You’ll even leave with a recipe for a scrumptious gin punch to take home with you.

18th December – David Walsh: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong | 7.00pm – 8.30pm

David Walsh is an Irish sports writer and chief sports writer for The Sunday Times, he is well known for investigating Lance Armstrong and exposing the illegal use of drugs in professional cycling.

To make the most out of your evening, attendees of the lectures are encouraged to visit the on- site restaurant after the talk. The Tack Room, will be offering 10% off the bill and serves delicious delights to cater for everybody featuring locally sourced and organic ingredients. The perfect accompaniment to an evening of learning.

Tickets are £18 per person and can be booked online at

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