We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded the prestigious Heritage Education Trust Sandford Award in recognition of the standards set by our Learning Department. The Sandford Awards are for educational excellence within the historical and cultural environments of the United Kingdom and Ireland, including historic houses, museums, galleries, cathedrals, places of worship, gardens, landscapes and historic artefacts.
Here at Harewood we offer a diverse range of learning opportunities, catering for school trips and adult learning; over 40 sessions across the curriculum are available in the House, Bird Garden and Grounds, as well as adult learning workshops, lectures and talks exclusive to Harewood.
Harewood is an independent charitable educational trust set up to maintain and develop Harewood, its collections and grounds, for public benefit. As part of the Sandford Award assessment process we received thorough appraisal of our educational programmes and facilities. The Sandford Award team stipulate that awardees must show a comprehensive understanding of relevant local and national heritage, and offer excellent educational resources and facilities that really enhance the quality of the student’s visit. Our learning team also won the award, which is valid for five years, in 2008, 2003, 1994, 1989 and 1979, which is a testament to the commitment and continuing high standards of the educational offer here at Harewood.
Zoë White, Learning Coordinator at Harewood House, commented:-
“We are thrilled to be recognised for our learning offer once again by the Heritage Education Trust. Harewood provides a range of unique learning opportunities for all ages, thanks to the generations of architects, artists, designers, collectors, gardeners, and those who have lived and worked here. It’s a pleasure to share Harewood’s rich history with those eager to learn.”
Lead Judge of the Heritage Education Trust, Gareth Fitzpatrick commented:-
“Harewood House is nationally important for its 18th century building, arts – both fine and contemporary, its furnishings and grounds. The education offer goes way beyond the obvious treasure house to take in superb landscape, grounds and gardens, as well as a historic church and castle ruins. Because of this, Harewood offers a large and wide-ranging programme of educational sessions for schools covering not only art and history, but also science and geography. This all takes place in a stunningly beautiful setting that cannot fail to inspire people of all ages.”