Derby Museum and Art Gallery has received the prestigious Sandford Award, which is for quality in heritage education, and has been given a commendation for its schools provision.  The award follows an assessment visit to the museum, observations of schools’ sessions, and examination of a range of supporting processes and procedures. Derby Museum also joins the Sandford Cascade programme that helps to share good practice in heritage learning across the sector.

The Sandford Award is managed by the Heritage Education Trust in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. The Trust is the only body in existence able to provide independent quality assurance to museums, galleries, historic properties and collections which run education programmes.

From the report:

Derby Museum and Art Gallery provides engaging interactive sessions that give children an excellent grounding in local and global history.

Andrea Mercer, Head of Learning and Participation at Derby Museums said;

‘This has been a real achievement, and is testament to the work of museum staff and the wonderful facilitators who deliver our sessions. Teachers can be assured that a visit to the museum will not only be a wonderful day out for their pupils, but a special and memorable learning experience as all our sessions are mapped to the national curriculum’.

See key stage 1 and key stage 2 sessions available at