In 2012 four of Leeds' heritage sites gained the Sandford Award for Heritage Education. The rigorous judging process looked at everything from the range and content of the schools and family programmes at each site, to ease of booking and organisation of a group visit. The judges said...
“Kirkstall Abbey...provide[s] an excellent resource for schools. The staff work well as a team and programmes are engaging and well put together, especially for younger children….an easily accessible medieval abbey”
Abbey House “has a wonderful Victorian quarter with a lot to explore and use for schools, and superb collections of toys and games. The site offers imaginative and engaging learning experiences, especially for younger children.”
“Leeds City Museum is… a new museum with excellent facilities for schools built into the design in consultation with teachers. The programmes offered make the most of their good collections, and their learning staff are enthusiastic and highly skilled. Comprehensive resources for teachers are available online. Local schools are lucky to have such a good facility at their disposal.”
“Temple Newsam House is a wonderful example of a grand 16th century home and provides a rich resource... The staff at the house work well together as a team to make sure its potential is realised. Learning programmes are ambitious but well thought out and managed. A visit to Temple Newsam would be both memorable and educationally effective.”
The learning team at Leeds Museums and Galleries have been invited to collect the awards at the end of November. Visit www.sandfordaward.org for more information about the award and check out our schools learning programme or our family events to experience our award-winning service for yourself. Go to www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries