The Workhouse wins heritage education award

Pupils receive a Victorian school lesson during a visit to The Workhouse © The Workhouse, National Trust

Pupils receive a Victorian school lesson during a visit to The Workhouse

For the third time in succession, The Workhouse at Southwell, Nottinghamshire, has been named as a recipient of the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

Following a visit to the National Trust property in June by the Sandford Award Judges, news has just been received about the success.

'The Victorian Workhouse comes alive in a way that is arguably more authentic than Charles Dickens’s widely accepted interpretation' commented judge Adam Clarke, 'It provides an experience that will live long in the memory of visiting learners of all ages.'

Volunteers and staff working together

The Workhouse Learning and Engagement Team, Lynsey Woods and Jane Tappin, were particularly delighted by positive feedback given by the judges who were also very impressed by the combined talent and passion of staff and volunteers.

'Without our volunteers it wouldn’t be possible to deliver such high quality learning experiences for schools' says Lynsey.

It's all about re-enacting the past

The recreation of life in a 1840s workhouse involves immersing the children in role play, dressing in pauper uniforms and separating boys and girls before they are admitted to the institution.

Opened to the public in 2002, The Workhouse was recognised early on as a flagship learning property by the National Trust.  Since then visits have been extremely popular with approximately 4,000 teachers and children visiting in 2012 and many returning year after year.

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