Beaney wins Sandford Award for 2013!


The Beaney Art Museum and Library is pleased to announce that we have won a national award for excellence in museum and gallery education.


Sandford Awards (named after their founder Lord Sandford) are presented annually by the Heritage Education Trust to a small number of visitor attractions across the UK that meet the highest standards in heritage education, including historic houses, museums and art galleries.


The awards recognise quality and excellence in educational services and facilities that contributes to an understanding of the relevant local and national heritage; development of an educational programme through consultation with educational customers and advisors; attention to good management and administration concerning all aspects of a visit; and provision of relevant educational resources and facilities that enhance the quality of the students visit.


Previous winners have included Windsor Castle, HMS Warrior, the Tower of London, Durham Cathedral and the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Entrants for Sandford Awards are assessed by a panel of independent judges including OFSTED Inspectors, former head teachers, education consultants and heritage property based education officers.


An excerpt of the judge’s citation for the Beaney read: ‘This is an excellent museum service with many examples of good practice which other museums could follow. Imaginative staff members work across departments and this has led to a museum which meets the learning and leisure needs of a wide selection of formal and informal learners.’


Irene Davies who assessed the Beaney, and observed an Ancient Egyptian mummification visit from Bridge and Patrixbourne Primary School, was impressed by what she saw.


She commended the engaging, hands-on approach of the embalming workshop in which all of the teacher’s learning needs were met and the excellent example of partnership working with teacher training students from Canterbury Christ Church University, who led this session, and which delivered ‘an extra dimension to the service.’


Jo Jones, Director of Canterbury Museums and Galleries said, “We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of the high quality learning programmes that have been developed at the Beaney since it re-opened last September.


“This has been a real team effort and this award wouldn’t have been possible without the on-going support, involvement and enthusiasm of all who work at the Beaney, including the learning, outreach, exhibitions, curatorial and Visitor Services teams, our excellent creative educators and earning volunteers.


“We are also indebted to our many heritage and learning partners across the city for their invaluable support in helping to develop and sustain such an exciting and imaginative learning offer.”


Representatives from the Beaney will collect the award at a national presentation in November.

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