Nottingham’s National Justice Museum has received a prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education.
The Sandford Award recognises quality education services at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across Britain. It is managed by Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, in partnership with the Heritage Education Trust.
Gill Brailey, Director of Learning for the National Justice Museum said: “Gaining a Sandford Award recognises not only the quality of our learning sessions and expertise of our delivery team, but it also recognises NJM has all the important policies and procedures in place to support schools when they visit us.”
The Sandford Award is independently judged. The judges of this year’s Award said the National Justice Museum’s education programme inspired visitors and contributed to local and national heritage. They commended the Museum’s resources and facilities.
The judges assessed a school visit involving pupils in an interactive Victorian CSI investigation, exploration of the Museum’s cells and dungeons, and a Q&A with actors reliving real characters from the Museum’s past. They also shadowed students involved in a mock trial as part of a cyberbullying workshop.
Lead judge, Judith Jones said: “Housed in the grand Shire Hall, containing law courts, a police station and a gaol, this unique Museum offers an impressive range of excellent workshops. The workshops excite, educate and inspire children as young as those in Key Stage 1, up to older students in Key Stage 5 and beyond. The teaching is of a very high standard that affords outstanding learning and engagement for all pupils.”
The National Justice Museum’s education programmes are devised to help young people develop a better understanding of law and justice past and present and through preventative education, reduce crime.
Past Sandford Award winners include Blenheim Palace, Cardiff Castle and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.