Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust awarded for Heritage Education

Date Posted: 20/08/2013

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has been given its second Sandford Award for Heritage Education in less than ten years.

The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles, focussing on formal, curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites.

Mrs Irene Davies, lead judge for the Sandford Awards said: “The Historic Dockyard Chatham ably shows how science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) can be taught whilst exploring the site’s heritage.

“Schools can build their own itinerary, choosing to focus on the arts or science or combination, as they wish.

“The exciting, hands on investigations engage and inspire the children and promote learning.  The fundamental aim of the learning programme is to provide an experience which could not be achieved in the classroom so making a visit doubly valuable.

“The staff are dedicated to showcasing all that the dockyard can deliver across the curriculum and the 12,500 UK school children a year who visit, many of them revisiting, are testament to its success.”

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