The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles.
The Sandford assessor shadowed one of the 676 learning groups the museum welcomes every year – a total of 26,800 participants in 2018. Following a visit in May 2019, the judges rated Bletchley Park highly, from its handling of initial enquiries to post-visit follow-up, and praised the team’s infectious enthusiasm for the educational potential of the World War Two site.
Lead Judge Benjamin Smith said:
“Bletchley Park deservedly receives its first Sandford Award in recognition of the unique educational opportunity it offers visitors to participate in a historically authentic, intelligently designed and memorable learning experience at the wartime home of British and Allied codebreaking. The learning team has demonstrated great expertise and creative flair in developing a multi-faceted educational programme that vividly brings to life for all ages the remarkable story of Bletchley and its decisive contribution to the war effort. Their enthusiasm for the site’s educational potential is nothing short of infectious and cannot fail to arouse the historical curiosity of their visitors.”
Kate Travers, Head of Learning at Bletchley Park:
“We are delighted to receive this award, in recognition of the dedication and hard work by all staff to deliver inclusive, authentic, inspirational learning programmes that strive for excellence in educating students of all ages and abilities. The top secret work of the Codebreakers and the pioneering technology created here continues to be a source of inspiration and relevance for younger generations today.”