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Sandford Cascade Workshop

Strengthening learning in museums and the historic environment


This workshop is a chance for those working and volunteering in heritage education in the East Midlands to hear how the Sandford Cascade project can help to encourage confidence and further development within heritage learning, enabling more sites and collections across the region to apply for the prestigious Sandford Award; an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles. Over 500 sites have received an Award since the scheme began in 1978.


As part of our wider project activities, the Sandford Cascade Project facilitates visits between Sandford Award winning sites and sites aspiring to be Sandford Award winners in order to promote the sharing of good practice amongst the heritage learning community. Heritage sites in the region such as The Workhouse, Southwell, Lincoln Castle and Cromford Mills input into this process of cascading good practice by being a ‘host’ site for interested parties to visit and observe their learning provision.

The project also supports the development of informal heritage learning activities through the Sandford Award for Informal Learning (SAIL).

Come along and find out how you and your site could benefit from:


  • peer support from educators at Sandford Award winning museum and heritage sites
  • inspirational case study visits to Sandford Award winning sites
  • free skills and best practice workshops
  • a grant of £1000 to purchase educational resources, training and specialist advice
  • Continuing Professional Development opportunities


The Workshop

Meet learning staff and volunteers who have benefited from the Sandford Cascade project and have gone on to gain the Sandford Award themselves, and pick up some best practice tips from Belton House education team. The workshop is free and includes lunch and a tour of this beautiful country house and Sandford Award winning site.

Delegates who’ve attended our recruitment workshops have placed a high value on them as an opportunity to share experiences, learn from each other and to network with heritage professionals and volunteers from museums and heritage sites. I hope you will join us.


Booking Arrangements

Book by 10 January to secure a place - please email: with the name of attendee(s), job title(s) and contact details for your museum or heritage site. Full details will be sent with your booking confirmation.