Double win for Barnsley Museums of prestigious Sandford Award

Cannon Hall Museum and Elsecar Heritage Centre, two of Barnsley Museums’ five fantastic free sites have secured a Sandford Award for Heritage Education. This was given for their outstanding learning programme and facilities available to school visits.

The two museum venues welcome hundreds of pupils each year, from schools across Yorkshire. They offer an excellent range of education sessions, linked to the national curriculum based in topics such as local history, art, creative writing, science and food to name but a few.

The Sandford Award is given after a personal on-site visit to ensure a high quality and varied ranges of school visits are provided.

Jemma Conway/Jude Holland, Learning Manager, Barnsley Museums said:

At Barnsley Museums Learning we continually strive to develop and improve our educational programme. We want to offer exciting, engaging and creative sessions that will not only be informative and link to the national curriculum but also provide an enjoyable experience that will remain in the minds of teachers and pupils for a long time. We are really proud of achieving two Sandford Awards and it a real testament to the hard work and dedication of our team.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) says:

Barnsley Museums are very special places to visit – they offer a unique environment in which to learn about a whole host of subjects related to our beautiful borough. The Museums are passionate about Barnsley’s heritage and the ways in which it can connect with, and educate young people in the area. They want to preserve our extraordinary history for future generations to enjoy. We are delighted that Cannon Hall Museum and Elsecar Heritage Centre have won these prestigious awards as they offer enjoyable experiences to children of all ages, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

For more information about Barnsley Museums school programme visit our Schools section