National Sporting Heritage Day – Treasure Hunt

National Sporting Heritage Day is held on 30th September every year to recognise and celebrate Sporting Heritage. It aims to raise awareness of the amazing sporting collections and communities of sport in the UK.

Sporting Heritage is a not-for-profit, community interest company working specifically to support the collection, preservation, access, and research of sporting heritage in the UK and wider.  They have extensive experience in delivering programs and projects at strategic and delivery level in the heritage, media and sports sectors.

This year, the National Horse Racing Museum is supporting this event by taking part in a National Treasure Hunt where we are shining a spotlight on Alicia Thornton, thought the be the first female jockey. To take part in the online treasure hunt see the information below. We are also launching three new self-led trails for schools suitable for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. To find out more and to book a free school visit contact our Education Officer.

Welcome treasure hunters!

There are many special places all over the UK that protect and care for sporting treasures. These places are National Collections of Sport. As part of National Sporting Heritage Day we have set you a challenge…!

13 Sporting Heritage organisations have come together to hide answers on our treasure map. Can you solve our treasure hunt and unscramble the anagram to unlock the secret words? Download the Treasure Map here PLUS you’ll also need to print out the Answers Sheet here, then you’re all set to go…!  Or if you would like further information about Sporting Heritage Day it can be found by clicking here 

Celebrate sporting heritage for yourself in person – by visiting our 5-acre living museum site on Newmarket – and exploring our wonderful collections showing the history of horseracing.


Download the Treasure MapView our museum highlights