The Museum is delighted to have been selected as a winner of the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2017, which were made at the Fashion Museum & Assembly Rooms on 21 November 2017.
The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles, including for example The National Trust, English Heritage and National Museums in England, Wales and Ireland.
“We are delighted to have been selected as a winner, particularly as competition for this acclaim is nationwide and retaining it over the years is an achievement in itself,” says Museum CEO Martin Purslow. “Consistent quality is vital and that is the challenge, especially in light of the recent curriculum changes as well as those here at the Museum.”
The judging panel for the award summed up the achievement as follows:
“Learning lies at the heart of the Weald and Downland Living Museum’s approach to interpreting the 50 plus buildings throughout the attractive 40-acre site. Throughout all the learning programmes there is a strong focus on bringing the Museum to life by exploring the significance of buildings and artefacts, and by unlocking the hidden narratives of people in the past.
The Museum’s well-regarded Schools Service helps teachers planning to visit the site by providing pertinent and comprehensive advice about what is on offer as well as useful web-based resources, which teachers can download and tailor to their needs. On-site, enjoyable and informative workshops, as well as live demonstrations and other methods of interpretation enable pupils to explore the buildings, stories and lifestyles of the people who lived there.”