2017 Sandford Awards
The application round for the 2017 Sandford Awards is now closed.
To register an interest in the 2018 Sandford Awards, please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org The application round is due to open in early December and the application form will be available to download here.
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 2016 awards ceremony was held at Worcester Cathedral.
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.
Almost 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.
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.
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
Jean MacIntyre, Head of Innovation, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and Heritage Education Trust Director
John Hamer OBE, Chairman, Heritage Education Trust
Jayne Ellis, Sandford Award Administrator
Heritage Education Trust Directors
Gareth Fitzpatrick MBE
John Hamer OBE
Sandford Award Judges
Sandford Award Volunteers