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Steeplechasing exhibition extends opening

People have until the 11 January to visit the museum

The Northampton steeplechase 1840
The Northampton steeplechase 1840

An exhibition exploring the history of steeplechasing in and around Melton is entering its final furlong at Melton Carnegie Museum.

There are now just a couple of weeks left to see A Day at the Races: Steeplechasing in and around Melton from 1820 to 1938, which explores the area’s links to steeplechasing, with a focus on the now-vanished Burton Lazars racecourse.

The exhibition features artworks and objects from the Leicestershire County Museums collections and the Melton Hunt Steeplechase archive from the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. 

Visitors to the exhibition can learn more about how Melton and the wider area played a role in the development of the sport.

The exhibition has been extended until Saturday, 11 January due to popular demand. The public will have the opportunity to visit Melton Carnegie Museum when it reopens on Thursday, 2 January.

This exhibition gives visitors a fascinating insight into the history of steeplechasing and has proven to be very popular. I would encourage people to go and see it before it closes in the new year.

Entry to the exhibition is free. Melton Carnegie Museum is open from 10am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday. More information is available on the museum’s website at

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