We are delighted to announce that Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust is one of the 2013 winners of the prestigious Sandford Award, given to museum and heritage organisations with outstanding formal education programmes.

Tullie House’s schools programme is a long-running and highly popular service. It is enjoyed each year by over 10,000 school children across Cumbria and beyond and caters for all ages and stages, from Early Years Foundation Stage pupils to university students. In her report Sandford Award judge Judy Davis commented: “Local schools are extremely fortunate in being able to use the museum for a wide variety of age groups and topics”.

The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles. As a 2013 recipient, Tullie House is in prestigious company: past winners include the National Museum of Scotland, Hampton Court Palace and the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.

Staff from Tullie House will be attending the awards ceremony on Wednesday, held this year at the National Gallery in London. Director Hilary Wade said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award – it is a fantastic achievement that celebrates both the excellent quality of our schools programme and the hard work of the staff that run it.”

J Hindmarsh