2019 Sandford Awards
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
16 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 marked our 40th anniversary of the Sandford Award scheme.
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.
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
Dr 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
Dr Sharon Goddard
John Hamer OBE
Dr Mike Maddison
Dr David Souden
Sandford Award Judges
Sandford Award Volunteers