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Rachel Hillman from The National Archives Education team collects the Sandford Award from Prince Edward

16 February

The education team at The National Archives has been awarded the prestigious Sandford Award, in recognition of providing outstanding heritage education.

The educational programme brings history to life through inspiring taught sessions, delivered on site at the archives and remotely via videoconferencing, and the new virtual classroom services. The number of on site and online visitors reached almost two million last year.

Andrew Payne, Head of Education and Outreach at The National Archives, said: 'This is a fantastic achievement for the team and it is great to be recognised by those within the profession.'

The judges commented on our education service: 'The programmes on offer are well researched, resourced and presented with activities that are designed to stimulate pupils' imaginations, engage their interests, help them learn of, from and about the past and to have fun. The National Archives is a true treat.'

The Sandford Award recognises and promotes good practice in learning services within the historic and cultural environments, including historic houses, museums, galleries and places of worship.

Entrants are assessed by a panel of independent judges, including OFSTED inspectors, former headteachers, education consultants and education officers working in heritage properties. 

To explore our online resources, visit the education website.