A Day at the Races
Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2019 - Thu, 14 Nov 2019
Venue: Anne Hughes gallery
A Day at the Races: Steeplechasing in and around Melton from 1820 to 1938 explores the area's links to steeplechasing, with a focus on the now-vanished Burton Lazars racecourse.
The exhibition will feature artworks and objects from the Leicestershire County Museums collections and the Melton Hunt Steeplechase archive from the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.
In England one of the first recorded steeplechases took place in Leicestershire in 1792, when three horses raced the eight miles from Barkby Holt to Billesdon Coplow and back.
By the 1860s, races were being run across many courses around Britain including the National Hunt Chase, which was first run at Market Harborough and regularly changed venue – including Burton Lazars - until it became part of the National Hunt Meeting which is now the Cheltenham Festival.