Award for battlefield’s education programme
THE Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre has received a prestigious award for excellence in educational programmes at a recent ceremony in the impressive surroundings of the Tower of London.
The Leicestershire County Council-run centre gained the nationally-recognised Sandford Award for its outstanding education programme in the summer, following an indepth inspection.
Staff from the centre were formally presented with the award at the ceremony which was announced by Tracy Borman, joint Chief Curator for Historic Royal Places.
Councillor Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for heritage, leisure and arts, said: “Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre provides an exciting, stimulating and educational schools programme, which is the result of an enormous amount of hard work and dedication.
“The Sandford Award is a well-deserved honour for all of those involved and we hope it will encourage more schools to come and visit.”
The award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections which acknowledges excellence in educational provision.
Judges visited the site earlier in the year, where they observed and assessed a school visit, with judge Chris Green stating that he was impressed by the organisation and presentation of the site, as well as the delivery and how well the front of house staff and the facilitators worked as a team.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre will retain the Sandford Award accreditation for five years, after which it will be reinspected.
Richard Scott, the 10th Duke of Buccleuch, far left, with (left to right) Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre development manager Richard Knox, heritage learning officer Melissa Lewis and museum educator John Potter.