The Sandford Cascade Project

a Heritage Lottery funded project in the East Midlands.

Learning at Belton House, Lincolnshire (Sandford Cascade Supporter site)

Learning at Belton House, Lincolnshire (Sandford Cascade Supporter site)


Strengthening learning in the historic environment’. The Sandford Cascade Project is an innovative East Midlands based project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to encourage confidence within heritage learning so that more sites and collections apply for the prestigious Sandford Award.  An aspiring site (Sandford Advancer) will be placed with a Sandford Award winner (Sandford Supporter) and support and capacity will be added through training, volunteer involvement, a range of user-friendly e-learning and funds to meet costs as well as financial contributions for those involved.  Advancers will receive good practice and learning from their Supporter(s) via short (potentially ‘virtual’) placements, and will in turn ‘cascade’ this back into their own site or collection.The Sandford Cascade project is also building the foundations for an exciting informal learning award, the Sandford Award for Informal Learning (SAIL), that seeks to recognise good practice and the fostering of positive relationships between visitors and venues.



The principal aim of this scheme is to build capacity and resilience within the heritage learning sector in the East Midlands.  By the development of strong networks of learning, cascading and sharing good practice, we can support the shaping of a resilient heritage economy in the region. Heritage sector professionals and volunteers will be enabled to build sustainable opportunities for the benefit of their service users and sites in the historic environment.

I am currently inviting expressions of interest from anyone who would like to be a part of the project and who would consider being an ‘Advancer’. I would be more than happy to hear from you and provide more information about this exciting opportunity.

Testimonials from our members

 ‘I think that having some support to make sure that the learning offer we set up is of a high quality is great!’ 

 ‘The grant we received has pushed forward the installation of Wi-Fi, enabled the purchase of a HD video camera and sent a volunteer to a two-day conference on the use of digital engagement within the heritage sector.’  

 “Through the bursary we have been able to trial the use of iPads as an aid to tour guiding as well as producing new tours and workshops to engage families with collections within the house.”  

 “The funding enabled us to hold a summer arts festival. We programmed a range of activities and advertised it to the local community.” 

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Get in Touch

Rachel Bryant, Sandford Cascade Co-ordinator, 

Bishop Grosseteste University,

Longdales Road, Lincoln, LN1 3DY.

(01522) 583750.

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