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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today marks the beginning of our Sandford Short filming with partner organisations. Rachel Bryant together with Rick from Blink Media have spent the morning at Crich Tramway Village filming an e-learning tool. The Sandford Short will give useful information from Crich Tramway Village, a Sandford Supporter site on how they achieved the criteria for the prestigious Sandford Award.
I'm intrigued to see how they approached the sometimes challenging task of designing risk assessment at their site, the film will provide tips and pointers for museum professionals.
It is so important for museum professionals to share their practice, we are very lucky at the Sandford Cascade project to have so many experienced partners building a community of practice.
We are so excited to be working in partnership with Lincolnshire Road Transport museum who will be undertaking the new Sandford Award for Informal learning. The SAIL award is a new award that seeks to commend good practice in informal learning, looking at co-production and community enrichment, strengthening learning in the historical environment.
Jean MacIntyre, Head of Innovation at Bishop Grosseteste University, comments: “We are absolutely delighted that Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum have come on board. Bringing new audiences to our heritage sites in the East Midlands is a great aspiration.”
The award is a perfect way to capture the strong links Lincolnshire Transport Museum have with the community. At a handover event Karen Kendall Adams (Documentation Officer, Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society) from the museum was given 5 tablets and a £1,000 bursary, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The bursary and tablets for SAIL at the transport museum will be used to deliver a digital tagging project relating the social history of the transport collection, enabling visitors to access new enriched information about the narrative of the collection. Karen will be working with Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society members to record content in partnership with the Musuem and University Partnership Initiative Programme at DeMonfort University and the University of Leicester. Sandford Cascade team are pleased to be collaborating with a site that are experimenting with their user experience in this way.
In attendance for the event were Rachel Bryant, Sandford Cascade Co-Ordinator (Bishop Grosseteste University), Volunteers at the Transport Museum, Karen Kendall Adams, (Documentation Officer, Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society), Members of the Board of Trustees (Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society), Sally Porter, Economic Development Project Officer (North Kesteven District Council) and Sam Metz, Sandford Cascade Learning Officer (Bishop Grosseteste University).
Sandford Cascade are very pleased to be working with our new media partner Blink Creative, a Lincoln based video production company.
What will this mean?
We are due to start filming some of our 'Sandford Shorts' which will form part of the Sandford Cloud. These are videos from Sandford Award winning sites and Sandford judges that will give real world insight into what it means to strengthen learning in the historical environment.
Museum professionals will narrate how they used their expertise to achieve Sandford Criteria and Sandford judges will outline how the criteria inform excellent museum education practice.
The resources will be available on the website from Autumn with new films added through to 2019.
Rick Holland from Blink creative and Rachel Bryant, Sandford Cascade Co-ordinator will be heading to Crich Tramway Museum, The National Tramway Museum later this month to film our first footage, we can't wait.
Sandford Learning Cascade team were very happy to attend The National Civil War Centre for the Heritage East Midlands Forum Meeting. What a location! We were particularly excited by the handling tools and costume on display, which made for great learning resources.
The interactive map of battle sites was also particularly interesting; it’s great to see projection being used imaginatively to inspire audiences and to help build a narrative of the historical context.
Whilst in Newark Sam also followed the National Civil War Trail App which led to Newark Castle and St Mary Magdalene church – another great layer for user experience beyond the site, connecting interesting historic event sites in Newark through augmented reality.
Great to see the heritage learning of a wonderful museum connected to the wider history of Newark as a historical site, we only had a few hours but could have done with more.
If you are involved with the Sandford Learning Cascade project or SAIL our innovative award for informal learning and have some interesting content to share we would love to hear from you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org