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The Sandford Award is managed by Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln in partnership with the Heritage Education Trust.

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The Heritage Education Trust (HET) is a registered charity that encourages children and young people to visit and learn from the historic environment. Since 1982, HET has recognised and promoted high quality in educational provision offered by museums and heritage sites through the annual Sandford Awards. The categories of eligible sites have steadily increased since the Award’s inception in 1978 and include industrial buildings, cathedrals, natural heritage sites, historic parks and large historical artefacts such as ships. The Sandford Award criteria continues to provide a bench-mark for determining quality in heritage education.

“Over the past 40 years, the Sandford Award has recognised a huge variety of education programmes at hundreds of heritage sites across the British Isles. We are looking forward to building on this success in the years to come by continuing to broaden the reach of the scheme and celebrating many more heritage education heroes.”   — Dr Tracy Borman  Chief Executive, Heritage Education Trust

“Over the past 40 years, the Sandford Award has recognised a huge variety of education programmes at hundreds of heritage sites across the British Isles. We are looking forward to building on this success in the years to come by continuing to broaden the reach of the scheme and celebrating many more heritage education heroes.”

— Dr Tracy Borman

Chief Executive, Heritage Education Trust


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