Historic houses, palaces, castles, museums, archives, gardens, parks and a zoo are among over 40 heritage attractions to win a Sandford Award for their high quality heritage education provision.

 Mr Tom O’Leary, Director of Public Engagement, Historic Royal Palaces will present the awards to a broad range of heritage attractions on Monday 18th November at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London (one of this year’s recipients) and Caroline Marcus, Chair- Group for Education in Museums will be guest speaker at the event.

Looking ahead to the ceremony, John Hamer, Chairman of the Heritage Education Trust, commented:

It is a great pleasure to be able to welcome this year’s Sandford Award winners to such a delightful venue as the V&A Museum of Childhood. The winners, coming from all parts of the United Kingdom, represent some of the best work currently being achieved in heritage education.”

The Sandford Award is managed by Bishop Grosseteste University in partnership with the Heritage Education Trust and recognises and promotes quality and best practice in heritage education provided by sites across the British Isles. The Award is independently judged and offers a quality assured assessment of a site’s formal education programme.

More than 500 sites including country houses, museums and galleries, archives, places of worship, wildlife parks, gardens, landscapes and different collections have received the  prestigious quality mark since the scheme began in 1978.

Speaking on behalf of BGU the University’s Vice-Chancellor, the Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil, explained why BGU continues to actively support the awards:

“Heritage sits at the heart of Bishop Grosseteste and the Sandford Award is a scheme of which we are immensely proud. It is great to see the educational work of so many of the country’s great historic buildings and institutions being rewarded for their inspirational projects designed to make heritage accessible to the public and bringing the past to life in so many creative ways.”

For more information about the Sandford Awards, please contact:

Jayne Ellis

Sandford Award Administrator

01522 583695



Photo credit: ‘Learning at the Palace of Holyroodhouse’ – Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019. Photographer: Jane Massey

2019 Sandford Award winners

Beaumanor Hall & Park, Leicestershire

Benjamin Franklin House, London

Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire

Bowhill House & Grounds, Scotland

Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

Bramall Hall, Greater Manchester

Buckingham Palace, London

Cannon Hall, South Yorkshire

The Charterhouse, London

Chester Zoo, Cheshire

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Buckinghamshire

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum, Lincolnshire

Dunster Castle & Gardens, Somerset

Elsecar Heritage Centre, South Yorkshire

Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex

Fort Nelson, Hampshire

Fulham Palace, London

Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Somerset

Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, Northern Ireland

Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens, Northamptonshire

Kirkleatham Museum, North Yorkshire

London Metropolitan Archives

Lotherton, West Yorkshire

M&S Company Archive, West Yorkshire

Milestones Museum, Hampshire

The National Archives, London

National Army Museum, London

National Museum of Ireland- Country Life, Ireland

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicestershire

No.1 Royal Crescent, Somerset

Oakham Castle, Rutlandshire

Oxford Castle & Prison, Oxfordshire

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland

Roman Baths, Somerset

Royal Museums Greenwich, London

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorset

Time & Tide Museum, Norfolk

Ufton Court Educational Trust, Berkshire

V&A Museum of Childhood, London

V&A Museum, London

Welsh Mining Experience: Rhondda Heritage Park, Wales

Wicksteed Park, Northamptonshire

Windsor Castle, Berkshire

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