2016 Sandford Awards

The application round for the 2016 Sandford Awards has now closed. The 2017 application round will open in early December 2016.  The form will be available to download from this site as soon as the application round opens. 

If you wish to be added to the mailing list for the 2017 awards or have any queries, please email: sandford@bishopg.ac.uk

2016 Sandford Award Winners

We are delighted to announce the 2016 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 awards will be presented at one of the winning properties later this year. 

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.

More than 350 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 Hampton Court Palace, Worcester Cathedral, Fota Wildlife Park in Eire, Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh, and Dinefwr in Wales.

Lincoln Castle (Sandford Award winner 2016)

 The National Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic 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.

York Art Gallery (Sandford Award winner 2016)

 

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 and workshop to share good practice and learn from other practitioners
  • 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.  The Trust is the only body in existence able to provide independent quality assurance to historic properties and collections which run education programmes.  Bishop Grosseteste has its own record of excellence in this field and offers a unique graduate and post graduate course in Heritage Education.  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, Sandford Coordinator and Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust

Jean MacIntyre, Head of Innovation, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and Heritage Education Trust Director

John Hamer OBE, Chairman, Heritage Education Trust

 

Heritage Education Trust Directors

Tower Bridge Exhibition, London (Sandford Award winner 2016)

Tower Bridge Exhibition, London (Sandford Award winner 2016)

Sue Bennett

David Souden

Gareth Fitzpatrick MBE

Sharon Goddard

John Hamer OBE

Jean MacIntyre

Susanna Smart

 

Sandford Award Judges

Museum of Hartlepool, County Durham (Sandford Award winner 2016)

Museum of Hartlepool, County Durham (Sandford Award winner 2016)

Susie Batchelor

Sue Bennett

Rebecca Bewick

Tracy Borman

Christine Chadwick

Adam Clarke

Robin Clutterbuck

Irene Davies

Judy Davies

Gareth Fitzpatrick

Clare Gittings

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Warwickshire (Sandford Award winner 2016)

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Warwickshire (Sandford Award winner 2016)

Chris Green

Karl Harris

Don Henson

Julian Humphrys

Deborah Jarman

Judi Jones

Julia Lawson-Tancred

Bill Leedham

Marion MacAuley

Christine MacLean

Caroline Marcus

Stonehenge-English Heritage, Wiltshire (Sandford Award winner 2016)

Stonehenge-English Heritage, Wiltshire (Sandford Award winner 2016)

Caroline Matthers

Jenny Newhouse

Amanda Phillipson

Nina Sprigge

Eric Steed

Julie Taylor

Louise West

Karen Wiseman

 

Sandford Award Volunteers

Betty Brown

Roseanne Lawton

 

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, Pembrokeshire (Sandford Award winner 2015)

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