Rosslyn Chapel has won a prestigious national award for its work in heritage education. The Sandford Award, administered by the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University, in Lincoln, was won after a visit by judges to see the range of educational materials and activities on offer.
The Sandford Award is assessed across six different categories –
- The education programmes are delivered in a way that engages, informs and inspires visitors
- The education programmes at the site contribute to an understanding of the local and national heritage
- The education programmes have been developed through consultation with educational customers and advisers
- There is attention to good management and administration concerning all aspects of the visit
- Educational resources and facilities are provided which enhance the quality of the students’ visits
- The statutory and desirable domestic facilities are provided.
The judge’s assessment was that all categories were ‘fully met’.
The Chapel’s ‘Junior Tour Guides’ initiative, which is a partnership with Roslin Primary School, was highlighted for particular praise. The awards‘ judges said ‘Rosslyn Chapel is a beautiful and inspiring place full of mystery, wonder and plenty of drama, thanks to the staff, local children and volunteers who bring the history of the chapel to life.’
Ian Gardner, Director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said: ‘It is a great accolade for Rosslyn Chapel to win this prestigious national award, which sets the benchmark for heritage education provision across the UK, and wonderful to see the Chapel listed among the winners for 2016. Many of the team here contribute to our education work but particular recognition must go to Fiona Rogan, our Learning and Outreach Manager, and Beccy Angus, Learning and Outreach Officer, who work hard to enhance our learning programmes each year. The judge’s report described them as ‘passionate about the site, its history and the importance of the creative education programmes that they deliver’ and this award is a great reflection of their enthusiasm and hard work.’
Rosslyn Chapel Trust gratefully acknowledges support from the National Lottery, through the Heritage Lottery Fund, for helping to establish its education work.
Picture: Fiona Rogan and Beccy Angus celebrate the Sandford Award success.