Heritage Education Trust
The Heritage Education Trust
is the leading light of historic house education, recognising and promoting good practice in learning services within the historic environment.
Recognition is made through the annual Sandford Awards
for Heritage Education, which assesses the provision of quality education in and about historic sites, buildings, museums, galleries, cathedrals, places of worship, gardens, landscapes and historic artefacts. Promotion is through advocacy and a network of good practice. The Trust seeks to encourage innovation, transferability and sustainability alongside fun and enjoyment in education programmes.
Congratulations go to Blenheim Palace, Chawton House Library, Englefield Estate, Haddon Hall, Leeds Castle, Temple Newsam House, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum and Weston Park, which received Awards for excellence in their learning provision in 2012.
In 1977 Lord Sandford as Minister of the Environment, instigated The Sandford Awards – to encourage schools to visit historic places. The Awards have run every year since and in 1983 the HHA, English Heritage and the National Trust joined him to establish the Heritage Education Trust to administer the Awards and to promote and encourage education within the historic environment. Michael Saunders Watson, the President of the HHA went on to chair the Heritage Education Trust until his retirement in 1998.
The Historic Houses Association has continued to support the Heritage Education Trust both by providing financial support over the years and by promotion to its members. The Trust and its personnel work closely with the Association.
At the end of 2008, the Heritage Education Trust began an exciting partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, which took over the administration of the Awards and the Trust from the Duke of Buccleuch who had generously supported the Trust and the Awards scheme over ten years.