Knole awarded Sandford Award for third time

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Latest update 03.02.2014 12:14

In being awarded the 2012 prestigious Sandford Award, run by the Heritage Education Trust, Knole's schools' learning programmes and activities have been recognised for the third time, for their quality and excellence at an historic site in the UK and Ireland.

2012's judge, Irene Davies, was greatly impressed by the learning programmes on offer at Knole. Her conclusion was that:

'This is a well run, efficient education service run by imaginative staff... children are actively engaged in their learning from the moment they arrive.'

Learning about the Tudors

Some 3,000 schoolchildren, from the age of 5 to 18, visit Knole every year. They learn about its 600-year-old history and how rich and poor people would have lived and worked in the house during the Tudor period.

The house is brought to life by the children and older students dressing up in high-quality Tudor costumes and discovering how the Tudors lived through a comprehensive handling collection of (largely replica) Tudor objects.

Visiting schools also explore the courtyards and park. They spend a memorable day travelling back to Tudor times and experiencing how it would have felt to live and work at Knole hundreds of years ago.

The education team

Helen Fawbert, our House and Collections manager shares her thoughts:

'We are delighted with this third award. We have worked very hard in devising our education programme to engage children in what we are doing. The award is a credit to our education team of both staff and volunteers, headed by Barbara Taylor.'