Sandford Award Application Journey- film short

The education team at Sandford Award winning Cromford Mills in Derbyshire helped us to recreate the Sandford Award judging process and assessment visit for our series of Sandford Cascade filmshorts. The film will be edited and shots will be pieced together with a Sandford Award application master class we recorded last year to form a support tool for heritage sites wishing to apply for a Sandford Award.  


Working with Families

This was a really useful session exploring and sharing ideas around working with families with the Learning and Community Officer at Belton House. Just one of the many development activities offered free to project participants this year. 


Cascade Information Session at Belton House

We kicked off the new year by delivering a very successful information session at Belton House with the support of the Learning Manager there and one of our SAIL participants- Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum. The session generated a lot of interest and as a result more heritage sites in the East Midlands will benefit from our community of best practice through bursaries, good practice visits and a programme of development activities.

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2017 Sandford Award Ceremony

The Cascade team were thrilled to showcase this year's good practice in heritage education films at the 2017 Sandford Award Ceremony at the Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms, Bath. We were delighted that one of our Advancer sites, Mansfield Museum were there to receive their award for high quality learning provision.

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CPD- Dementia Friendly Training Event

Project participants attended Dementia Friendly training with Lincoln Co-operative at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. The aim of the session was to raise awareness, understanding how we can engage with people living with dementia and the important role museums play in the mental health and wellbeing of their communities. 

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Supporter Site Away-Day

As a token of our appreciation to our Supporter sites who provide lots of input into the Sandford Cascade Project, we visited Hampton Court Palace where we met the Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces for a talk and behind the scenes tour of the Palace. It was also a real treat to have lunch in the room in which Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward VI in 1537. 


Role Play In Heritage Learning

We enjoyed an inspiring costumed role play workshop delivered by the learning team at The Workhouse, Southwell on the 10 August. Sandford Cascade Advancers and SAIL participants picked up some great tipes too on researching perioed dress and making costumes for adults and children.

Inclusion in heritage learning

Participants learnt some really useful strategies to support learners with autism, Aspergers and ADHD at our CPD event at Bishop Grosseteste University yesterday. Visual timelines, social stories and the way we communicate and use language to support inclusion are really important. Thanks Andrew- you were fab! 

Sandford Short Part 3- last day of filming

Lincoln Cathedral was the backdrop to our last day of filming where we shadowed a delightful year 6 group from the Lincoln Minster School. Education and Outreach Officer, Sally, shared best practice with a focus on teacher consultation and evaluation and how this impacts on delivering a quality service to visitors.

Sandford Short Part 2- Teacher Consultation and Evaluation

What did children from Lincoln Fields Proimary think of "Written in bone"- a new archaeology workshop trialled by the learning team at the Museum of London? 'Fun and exciting' was the unanimous verdict, captured on film for our next 'Sandford Short' e-tutrotail featuring best practice in consultation and evaluation.

Year 2 Sandford Shorts- Part 1

Filming for our next round of Cascade good practice films, Sandford Shorts, is underway.  Our first day of filming found us with Sandford Award Judges Julie Taylor and Judi Jones in the Teacher's Resource Centre at Bishop Grosseteste University Library. The focus of this year's films is Sandford Award criteria 3 - consultation with education stakeholders and National Curriculum links.  We will be able to provide some expert insights and good practice examples of what is expected against this criteria, as filming on location this year will also take place at Lincoln Cathedral and the Museum of London.
The films will be screened in September, so watch this space for more information about that...

Project Development Activities

Drama sessions can be a fun and engaging way for children to learn as we discovered when project participants took part in a development activity at Belton House. The Learning Manager responsible for the education programmes at the site and the Education Outreach Officer at Lincoln Cathedral showed us how to plan a learning session; we discovered hidden thespian talents among the learning officers! It was a great opportunity to share best practice too!

"Challenging Times: the world turned upside down."

The National Civil War Centre in Newark was a great venue for this years East Midlands conference. We enjoyed meeting and engaging with heritage professional to discuss issues relevant to the sector as well as catching up with a few of our project participants. Interesting talks and workshops about audiences and funding- lots to think about.

The Workhouse- Learning Session

The team were transported to the 1840's at Sandford Award winning site- The Workhouse, Southwell in Nottinghamshire where we observed a very engaging KS2 session involving some really good role play. Prior to the children's visit, the year 5 group were given the name of a child who was really there. On their arrival, Master or Matron then ‘admitted’ them into The Workhouse and asked them their name, age and reason for going there. Pupils finished the day by taking part in a debate which sparked some really interesting discussions!

The Workhouse will be our hosts for our next recruitment workshop on Tuesday 9 May 2017- open to heritage sites across the East Midlands. See News and Events page for more information and booking details.

A Community Of Best Practice

We're excited to be working in partnership with 12 Sandford Award winning sites who will be hosting visits to share their expertise and best practice with our project participants this year. Sites involved, include the Museum of London, delivering expert-led activities and workshops for SEN, supplementary schools and Early Years as well as primary and secondary schools, Lincoln Castle with its Investigate programme, designed to bring history to life through a series of National Curriculum linked workshops for pupils in Early Years to KS4, Darlington Railway Museum who offer a wide range of lifelong learning opportunities and World Heritage site, Durham Cathedral, offering a variety of schools' sessions, each focusing on a different aspect of the Cathedral, its history and life today. These visits will provide excellent networking opportunities as well as building a community of best practice.

Boughton House - Recruitment Workshop

The team invited heritage professionals from sites across the East Midlands to join us at Boughton House in Northamptonshire, one of Britain's grandest and best- preserved stately homes to discuss the aims of the project, share good practice in heritage education and to encourage more sites to come on board. We were joined by one of our current Advancer sites- Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum and a member of the Sandford Award Judges panel. We finished the day with a guided tour of the House.

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King Richard III Visitor Centre- Recruitment Workshop

King Richard III Visitor Centre was our host for a recruitment workshop to inform potential participants about the Sandford Award, the Cascade project and ways in which we can provide practical and financial support to enhance a sites formal/informal education offer and share good practice. The workshop also provided valuable networking opportunities as well as best practice tips from heritage professionals. Our next recruitment workshop will be held at Boughton House on the 24th January 2017.

Sandford Cascade Film Preview

On the 14th October, The Collection- in the heart of historic Lincoln, was our hosts for Sandford Cascade's first screening of three short films made with our local media partner; Blink Creative. The films also marked the end of our first year project celebration and evaluation.The films feature representatives from our Supporter Sites and three Sandford Judges; each addressing a Sandford Award Criteria through an overview of what a Sandford Judge would expect to see during their assessment visit, what the sites themselves do to meet these criteria together with footage of the sites in action! The film shorts are available to download and watch in Sandford Cloud and via our YouTube channel. More films are planned for 2017.

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Sandford Cascade Workshop at Derby Silk Mill

Last week we gathered together at Derby Silk Mill to discuss the project outcomes and to provide support to new museums that have joined us on their journey to applying for Sandford Award for museum education. What emerged from our discussions is both the range of approaches that we have in delivering learning programmes and the similarity of our guiding principles. The Cascade project offers organisations the opportunity to view other museums learning programme in action, which we have learnt from our partner organisations, is really beneficial to practice.

Michael Ledger talking about his Sandford Award journey