24 May – 30 September 2012
HM Queen Elizabeth II
A Diamond Jubilee Celebration
Recommend this exhibition
Discover the epic story of the horse in this special free exhibition – a journey of 5,000 years that has revolutionised human history.
The story focuses on two breeds – Arabians, which were prized in the desert for their spirit and stamina, and the Thoroughbred which was selectively bred from Arabians for speed and is now raced at world-famous courses such as Royal Ascot.
Objects range from ancient to modern and include depictions of horses in stone reliefs, gold and clay models, horse tack, paintings by George Stubbs, and trophies and rosettes.
Video: Curator's introduction
Nigel Tallis, exhibition curator, introduces the exhibition The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot.
Video: My horse and me
President of the British Horse Society, Martin Clunes; sculptor, Nic Fiddian-Green and founder of Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre, Sister Mary-Joy Langdon introduce their horses and talk about what they mean to them.