Award for bat­tle­field’s ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme

Hinckley Times - - TRAVEL TIMES - DANIELLE EAS­TON danielle.eas­[email protected]­

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.

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