Corinium qualifies for leading heritage education award

Cotswold District Council’s Corinium Museum is in line to receive the much coveted Sandford Award for Heritage Education. Administered and judged by the Heritage Education Trust, it recognises and promotes best practice in the provision of education in and around historic sites, museums, galleries, cathedrals and landscapes. Recipients must satisfy very demanding standards across all areas of the educational service and provide high quality formal, curriculum-linked education.

Lead judge, Deborah Jarman, visited the Museum in May and said in her appraisal:
"The Corinium is an excellent local authority museum, which displays and interprets the history of Cirencester and its surroundings very well indeed. It has a good and well established education programme which is deservedly popular."

Commenting on this achievement, the Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Cllr Barry Gibbs, said:
“This award is not easy to come by and is very well deserved - the museum’s schools programme really does bring history to life through a range of discovery sessions, computer inter-active studies and gallery worksheets. It offers a wide range of active learning opportunities, developed and delivered by professional staff whose goal is to enthuse and educate pupils of all ages.”

In addition to qualifying for the Sandford Award, the museum has also achieved ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ quality badge accreditation for the second time. This is a national award combining the essential elements of educational provision - learning and safety - into an easily recognisable and trusted accreditation scheme. It is rapidly becoming a ‘must have’ across the UK for all types of organisations which provide children and young people with learning experiences away from the school environment.

Emma Stuart, the Learning Development Officer at the Corinium, added:
“We are all thrilled to have achieved the Sandford Award for education, together with a renewal of our Learning Outside the Classroom accreditation. To coin a phrase made popular at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, our aim is to ‘inspire a generation’ by engaging with children and young people and revealing to them the wonders of archaeology and history through an interactive educational programme. We want to instil in them a life-long passion for history and, now that we have gained such impressive accreditation, we must continue to create a positive lasting impression.”

The Museum team will be presented with a certificate for achieving the Sandford Award during a ceremony in November.

Posted: 19/09/2012 10:34:03

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