Gill Noble, Chairman of the Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum and Judith a member of the Education Team, recently attended the 2015 Sandford Award Ceremony where the certificates were presented by Professor Peter Neil, Vice Chancellor of Bishop Grossetestse University. The Ceremony took place at the London Transport Museum.
The prestigious Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles. It both recognises and promotes quality and excellence in education provision across the Heritage Sector.
The judges assessing the programme for the Sandford Award, concluded that;
‘Visitors who undertake a school visit to the Cottage Museum will experience an insight into the lives of people of all ages in the local area through a unique photographic record of Woodhall Spa from Victorian times up to the middle of the 20th century set in a family home from that period. The Education Team has developed interesting and stimulating programmes which capture children’s imaginations and certainly enhance their learning experiences’
The Cottage Museum offers a number of cross curricular KS1 and KS2 sessions for schools which support the National Curriculum. The Education Programme is inspired by the unique and early ‘prefab’ building which is the Cottage Museum, the period it represents, the Wield family who lived in the bungalow and the unique Visual Archive which reflects the social history of Woodhall Spa and the surrounding area.
Kathy Holland, Activity Manager at the Museum said ‘We are all delighted to have won the Sandford Award which represents a highly respected quality mark for the Education Programme at the Cottage Museum’
To find out about the Education programme at the Cottage Museum please visit schools at www.cottagemuseum.co.uk
The Cottage Museum recently underwent a redevelopment and refurbishment supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, reopening to visitors in 2013. Current activities at the Cottage Museum including the Education Programme, are supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Museum redevelopment project.