About the Sandford Award
The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections, natural heritage sites and historic parks across the British Isles. The Award is named after its founder, Lord Sandford.
Over 500 sites have received an Award since the scheme began in 1978. They include the Tower of London, Harewood House, St Albans Cathedral and the Museum of Cannock Chase.
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 Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln in partnership with the Heritage Education Trust and has its own record of excellence offering a Masters course 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 Award five-fold in order to cover the cost of the assessment, the reporting process and the presentation ceremony.
2019 Sandford Award winners
We are delighted to announce the 2019 Sandford Award winners. The Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University would like to congratulate all of the award winners. The 2019 Sandford Awards Ceremony will be hosted by one of the winning sites later in the year.
2020 Sandford Awards
Applications for the 2020 Awards will open on 3 December 2019. If you would like to register interest, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The application form will be available to download here from 3 December.
Who we are
Dr Tracy Borman, Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust
John Hamer OBE, Chair, Heritage Education Trust
Jayne Ellis, Sandford Award Administrator, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln
Heritage Education Trust Directors
Dr Sharon Goddard
Dr Mike Maddison
Dr David Souden
Sandford Award Judges
Sandford Award Volunteers