Writer, historian and TV presenter Dr Lucy Worsley will celebrate the best in heritage education when she presents the Sandford Awards 2017 next month.
Palaces, castles, cathedrals and museums are among the 39 UK heritage attractions that have won an award celebrating their excellent educational programmes.
Dr Worsley, who is also Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, will present awards to the famous (Blenheim Palace and the Warner Brothers Studio Tour) and the less well known (Geevor Tin Mine in Cornwall and the Winding House Museum in new Tredegar, Wales).
The Sandford Awards, which will celebrate their 40th anniversary next year, are administered by Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln in partnership with the Heritage Education Trust. This year’s award ceremony will take place on Tuesday 21st November at the Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms in Bath.
“It is wonderful to see another hugely varied range of Sandford Award winners this year, many of which have never entered the scheme before,” said Dr Tracy Borman, Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust.
“We are particularly delighted to be presenting the awards at the Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms in Bath, a city so closely associated with Jane Austen, whose 200thanniversary is being commemorated this year.
Councillor Cherry Beath, Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council, will welcome guests to the ceremony, which begins at 2.30pm on Tuesday 21st November 2017.
Sandford Award Winners 2017
Abbey House Museum and Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Attingham Park, Shropshire
British Motor Museum, Warwickshire
Cardiff Castle, Wales
Chawton House Library, Hampshire
Cooper Gallery- Barnsley Museums
Corinium Museum, Gloucestershire
Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms, Bath
Geevor Tin Mine, Cornwall
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Norfolk
Hull and East Riding Museum
Jane Austen’s House Museum, Hampshire
Jewish Museum London
Knole, National Trust, Kent
Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire
Leeds Castle, Kent
Leeds City Museum, West Yorkshire
Lion Salt Works, Cheshire
M Shed, Bristol
Mansfield Museum, Nottinghamshire
Museum of English Rural Life, Berkshire
National Football Museum
The Navan Centre & Fort, Northern Ireland
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Scotland
Sentry Hill Historic House and Visitor Centre, Northern Ireland
Temple Newsam House, West Yorkshire
The Englefield Estate, Berkshire
The Geffrye Museum, London
Valence House Museum, London
Verulamium Museum, St Albans
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Weald and Downland Living Museum, West Sussex
Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, Cheshire
Weston Park, Shropshire
Winding House Museum, Wales
York’s Chocolate Story