Over 30 museums, historic houses, cathedrals and country parks from the East Midlands that took part in the Sandford Award for Informal Learning (SAIL) were recognised at a major award ceremony this week.

SAIL, a National Lottery Heritage Fund joint initiative of Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) and the Heritage Education Trust, supports museums and heritage sites to create memorable learning experiences for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

From family discovery trails and toddler ‘mini museum’ play sessions to reminiscence sessions for visitors with dementia and autism-friendly visits, visitors to these award-winning sites can enjoy new opportunities to touch objects, share stories and see previously hidden treasures.

Dr Tracy Borman, Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust, who presented the awards at the ceremony which took place at the National Civil War Centre, Newark said:

“I am delighted to be presenting the SAIL awards, which recognise and celebrate informal learning at heritage sites. When we hear the term ‘heritage education’, we tend to think of school visits, but learners come from all backgrounds – from families and young adults to aspiring historians and those with special needs, or visitors simply looking for an enjoyable day out. Our award winners have shown just what a difference high quality programmes can make to visitors of all ages and abilities.”

Professor Scott Fleming, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of BGU said:

“The awards event was a wonderful celebration of inspiring work from across the East Midlands. So much of what’s been achieved is exactly what BGU is all about – inclusive education, outstanding learning, sharing heritage and changing lives. We’re delighted to have been involved.”

Anne Jenkins, Director Midlands & East at the National Lottery Heritage Fund explained how the project was a perfect candidate for its support.

“The National Lottery Heritage Fund has supported nearly 12,000 projects with over £1.6 billion National Lottery funding in the Midlands and East region, including the National Civil War Centre. Learning is central to most of our projects.  Delivering best practice in learning has certainly been at the heart of this project led by Bishop Grosseteste University. The programme has played an invaluable role in building the confidence and skills of the heritage sector in this part of the world.”

For more information please contact Lorraine Heyes, Sandford Cascade Learning Officer on 07808 018924 or via lorraine.heyes@bishopg.ac.uk

Full list of award recipients:

Banks Newton Heritage

Beaumanor Hall

Belton House National Trust

Boughton House and the Montagu Monuments

Bradgate Park

Canalside Heritage Centre

Chainbridge Forge

Corby Heritage Centre

Cotesbach Educational Trust

Creswell Crags Museum and Heritage Centre

Cromford Mills

 

Derby Museums Trust:

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Pickford’s House

 

Doddington Hall

Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association

Erewash Museum

The Flintham Museum

The Hero Project

Hinckley & District Museum

Kedleston Hall National Trust

Leicester Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

 

Lincolnshire County Council

The Collection

Lincoln Castle

Gainsborough Old Hall

Museum of Lincolnshire Life

 

Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum

National Civil War Centre

 

Nottinghamshire County Council

Bestwood Country Park

Sherwood Forest

Rufford Abbey

Perlethorpe Outdoor Education

Cotgrave Country Park

The Mill at Kingsmill

St Michael’s Centre

 

Normanby Hall

North Lincolnshire Museum

Nottingham Industrial Museum

Nottingham News Centre

RAF Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre

Sir John Moore Foundation

Southwell Minster

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society

Sulgrave Manor

Thoresby Park

We’ll Meet Again WWII Museum

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