2018 Sandford Awards

2017 Sandford Award Ceremony The National Football Museum receiving their award from Dr Lucy Worsley for high quality learning provision. Photo courtesy of Chris Vaughan Photography

2017 Sandford Award Ceremony

The National Football Museum receiving their award from Dr Lucy Worsley for high quality learning provision.

Photo courtesy of Chris Vaughan Photography

Applications for the 2018 Sandford Awards is now open. 

Download the application form

Download the criteria and judging information

If you have any queries please contact : sandford@bishopg.ac.uk

Entry deadline: 16 February 2018

2017 Sandford Award Winners

We are delighted to announce the 2017 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 2017 awards ceremony was held at the Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms, Bath on 21 November.

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.

Norwich Castle (Sandford Award winner 2017)

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.

The Navan Centre and Fort, Northern Ireland (Sandford Award winner 2017)

 

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 Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the full 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

 

Heritage Education Trust Directors

Jane Austen's House Museum (Sandford Award winner 2017)

Jane Austen's House Museum (Sandford Award winner 2017)

Sue Bennett

David Souden

Gareth Fitzpatrick MBE

Sharon Goddard

John Hamer OBE

Jean MacIntyre

Susanna Smart

Mike Maddison

 

Sandford Award Judges

Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall (Sandford Award winner 2017)

Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall (Sandford Award winner 2017)

Susie Batchelor

Sue Bennett

Rebecca Bewick

Tracy Borman

Christine Chadwick

Robin Clutterbuck

Irene Davies

Judy Davies

Gareth Fitzpatrick

Clare Gittings

Cooper Gallery, Barnsley Museums(Sandford Award winner 2017)

Cooper Gallery, Barnsley Museums(Sandford Award winner 2017)

Chris Green

Karl Harris

Don Henson

Julian Humphrys

Judi Jones

Julia Lawson-Tancred

Bill Leedham

Marion MacAuley

Christine MacLean

Caroline Marcus

British Motor Museum (Sandford Award winner 2017)

British Motor Museum (Sandford Award winner 2017)

Caroline Matthers

Jenny Newhouse

Amanda Phillipson

Nina Sprigge

Eric Steed

Julie Taylor

Susan Walker

Louise West

Karen Wiseman

 

Sandford Award Volunteers

Betty Brown

 

 

Lion Salt Works, Cheshire (Sandford Award winner 2017)

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