Red Rum

 

3 July 2021 – 30 October 2021


Take a virtual tour of the Red Rum exhibition.

This exciting new exhibition pays homage to one of Southport’s greatest history makers – the incomparable Red Rum.

Once you have pressed the ‘play’ button, click on the grey circles on the floor to ‘walk around’ the exhibition and the blue circles to find out more information. We recommend viewing full screen.

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Red Rum

This exciting new exhibition pays homage to one of Southport’s greatest history makers – not human, but equine. The incomparable Red Rum rose from the humblest beginnings to become Britain’s best-known and best-loved racehorse. His unequalled record of three wins and two seconds in the Grand National actively saved the race itself when its future was in serious doubt.

Here, we trace his life through a racing career which took him over 300 miles and 1800 obstacles to his becoming an iconic sports celebrity in retirement.

The regular sight of Red Rum flying over the Southport sands where he trained thrilled many a local resident and this exhibition hopes to capture some of that magic as we tell his unique story.

Central to the exhibition is a mural of Red Rum by Liverpool-based artist and Liverpool City Region’s Artist of the Year 2020, Paul Curtis. The mural depicts Red Rum’s hattrick at the Grand National in 1977 with Churchtown Boy ridden by Martin Blackshaw coming in 2nd behind him. Paul specialises in street art and large murals. His work will be familiar to many from the 15 metre high mural of Red Rum situated on the promenade and the white line Red Rum mural on the side of The Bold Hotel on Lord Street, both in Southport.

Curated by Jane Clarke, Historian of Aintree Racecourse and Curator of The Grand National Museum.


Further Reading

Red Rum exhibition opens in Southport hometown

Stunning Red Rum mural by artist Paul Curtis to be unveiled at new exhibition in Southport