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Newmarket’s National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art named Suffolk Museum of the Year

PUBLISHED: 20:35 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 20:37 09 October 2017

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket took the Suffolk Museum of the Year crown.

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket took the Suffolk Museum of the Year crown.

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Suffolk’s Museum of the Year has been announced at a special awards ceremony tonight.

Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art last November. She is pictured in the shop with Liz Wilkinson, commercial director, and Peter Jensen, chairman of Home of Horseracing Trust. 
Picture: MARK WESTLEY Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art last November. She is pictured in the shop with Liz Wilkinson, commercial director, and Peter Jensen, chairman of Home of Horseracing Trust. Picture: MARK WESTLEY

Newmarket’s National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art has been named Suffolk Museum of the Year.

The centre, which was officially opened by the Queen last year, beat competition from East Anglia Transport Museum, Dunwich Museum, West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, Lowestoft Museum and Gainsborough’s House.

Meanwhile, the award for Family Friendly museum went to Moyse’s Hall Museum; Museum Object of the Year was the dwile flonking trophy at Halesworth and District Museum; West Stow Anglo Saxon Village picked up the Learning and Access Award, and Merit Awards were presented to The Red House and East Anglia Transport Museum.

Last year’s Museum of the Year title went to Southwold Museum.

This year’s award was supported by The East Anglian Daily Times, BBC Radio Suffolk and the University of Suffolk.

The Summer in Suffolk Museums campaign saw more than 30 museums across the county offering a wide range of holiday activities and events for family visitors.

A new customer service office has opened in Sudbury as Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils prepare to move their main operations to Ipswich where they will share Suffolk’s Endeavour House headquarters.

Stowmarket Road in Great Blakenham was closed on Saturday night after a car left the road and crashed into a house.

Road crews from Highways England will be working at the following sites on East Anglia’s busiest roads over the next week – so this is where drivers can expect to find delays:

Police have named the van driver who died in an accident on the Orwell Bridge on Friday as 67-year-old Michael (Mick) Rayner from Essex.

Colchester MP Will Quince was visibly moved as the House of Commons passed a new law giving parents the right to compassionate leave from work after suffering the tragedy of stillbirth.

The snooker area at Bears Pool & Snooker Club in Ipswich has now opened following the venue relaunch this summer.

A primary school student is counting down the days until the Bury St Edmunds Round Table fireworks display after winning an artwork competition to be the VIP.

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