2019 Sandford Awards

  Winners of the 2018 Sandford Awards accompanied by the recipient of this year’s Frances Garnham Award- Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens     Photo courtesy of Yellow Belly Photography

Winners of the 2018 Sandford Awards accompanied by the recipient of this year’s Frances Garnham Award- Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens

Photo courtesy of Yellow Belly Photography

The 2019 Sandford Award application round is now open. Entries are welcome from sites small and large and run by national institutions, local authorities, volunteers and private owners.

Download the 2019 application form

Download the criteria and judging information

Sandford Award- Timetable

15 February 2019: Entry deadline

March-June: Judging visits take place

July: Board of Directors meet to consider Judge’s recommendations. Applicants are notified of the result shortly after

November/early December: Sandford Award Ceremony

2018 Sandford Award Winners

We are delighted to announce the 2018 Sandford Award winners.  Please click here to see the full list.  The Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln would like to congratulate all of the award winners. The 2018 Sandford Awards Ceremony was hosted by the Tower of London on 19 November and is our longest standing Award holder.

About the Sandford Award

The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles.

Over 500 sites - including historic houses, museums, galleries, places of worship, gardens, landscapes and collections – have received an Award since the scheme began in 1978.  They include the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh; official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland, Worcester Cathedral, Holdenby House in Northamptonshire, London Transport Museum and Lismore Castle Arts in Northern Ireland. 2018 marks our 40th anniversary of the Sandford Award.

International Bomber Command Centre, Lincolnshire (Sandford Award winner 2018)

The National Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, English Heritage and National Museums in England, Wales and Ireland all submit their properties for assessment, alongside local authorities, independent trusts and private owners.  

The Awards focus on formal, curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites, although recognition is also made of informal learning such as family programmes.  The Awards are made annually and are non competitive.

Ripon Museum Trust, North Yorkshire (Sandford Award winner 2018)

Benefits for entrants

The Sandford Award provides:

  • A ‘kite mark’ for high quality education provision which is recognised by schools and other education institutions across the United Kingdom

  • The opportunity to use your award to attract new visitors

  • A detailed consultancy report as part of the expert judging process, which you can use to effect positive change in your organisation

  • The opportunity to attend an award ceremony

  • National recognition among the heritage sector of the personal contribution of you and your staff, which will help to motivate the whole site to develop its good practice further

Who manages the Award?

The Sandford Award is managed by the Heritage Education Trust in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln which has its own record of excellence offering a Masters Degree in Heritage Education.The Trust is the only body in existence able to provide independent quality assurance to historic properties and collections which run education programmes. Together, these two institutions subsidise the cost of entry to the Sandford Awards five-fold in order to cover the cost of the assessment, the reporting process and the presentation ceremony.

 

Who we are

Tracy Borman, Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust

John Hamer OBE, Chairman, Heritage Education Trust

Jayne Ellis, Sandford Award Administrator, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln

 

Heritage Education Trust Directors

 Peterborough Museum, Cambridgeshire (Sandford Award winner 2018)

Peterborough Museum, Cambridgeshire (Sandford Award winner 2018)

Sue Bennett

Peter Burke

Sharon Goddard

John Hamer OBE

Jean MacIntyre

Mike Maddison

David Souden

 

Sandford Award Judges

 Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire (Sandford Award winner 2018)

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire (Sandford Award winner 2018)

Susie Batchelor

Sue Bennett

Rebecca Bewick

Tracy Borman

Christine Chadwick

Robin Clutterbuck

Irene Davies

Judy Davies

Clare Gittings

 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum (Sandford Award winner 2018)

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum (Sandford Award winner 2018)

Chris Green

Karl Harris

Don Henson

Julian Humphrys

Judi Jones

Julia Lawson-Tancred

Marion MacAuley

Christine MacLean

Caroline Marcus

 Discovery Point and RRS Discovery, Scotland (Sandford Award winner 2018)

Discovery Point and RRS Discovery, Scotland (Sandford Award winner 2018)

Caroline Mathers

Jenny Newhouse

Amanda Phillipson

Nina Sprigge

Eric Steed

Julie Taylor

Susan Walker

Jenny Wedgbury

Louise West

Karen Wiseman

 

Sandford Award Volunteers

Betty Brown

 

 

Horniman Museum and Gardens, London (Sandford Award winner 2016)

Bishop Grosseteste University is a registered charity | The Charity Commission Registration Number is 527276. The Heritage Education Trust is a Charitable Company | Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No 2080758. The Charity Commission Registration Number is 297311