Aintree’s history

The history of Aintree Racecourse receives top billing at a new Merseyside museum.

Opened February 2015 at museum, gallery, library and theatre complex The Atkinson in Southport, the permanent exhibition explores the rich and varied past of this area of the north west.

Amongst characters celebrated are the formidable Mrs Mirabel Topham (pictured top and below), the former Gaiety Girl, who ran Aintree Racecourse in the 1950s and ’60s. The new museum displays include one of Mirabel Topham’s signature outfits from the 1970s. She was famous for her collection of fabulous hats and amassed a huge collection of vintage clothes.

The exhibition will also include a cigar box from the very first Grand National (1839) and racing colours and memorabilia associated with three times Grand National winner Red Rum, who famously trained on Southport beach. He raced seven times, won three times and came second on the other three occasions. When he died at the age of 30 he was buried there facing the finishing line and a statue was erected in his honour.

Between Land and Sea – 10,000 years of Sefton’s Coast
New permanent exhibition opened February 2015
The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB
TEL: 01704 533333
www.theatkinson.co.uk

GUIDE TO THE GRAND NATIONAL 2015 – CLICK HERE