SONY DSCChatham Historic Dockyard Trust has been awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education for the second time in less than ten years.

The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles, focussing on formal, curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites.

SONY DSCMrs Irene Davies, Lead Judge for the Sandford Awards cited; “The Historic Dockyard Chatham ably shows how science, technology engineering and maths (STEM) can be taught whilst exploring the site’s heritage. Schools can build their own itinerary, choosing to focus on the arts or science or combination, as they wish. The exciting, hands on investigations engage and inspire the children and promote learning. The fundamental aim of the learning programme is to provide an experience which could not be achieved in the classroom so making a visit doubly valuable. The staff are dedicated to showcasing all that the Dockyard can deliver across the curriculum and the 12,500 UK school children a year who visit, many of them revisiting, are testament to its success.”

PromoPicsMarch2010 216Bill Ferris OBE, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said; “This is an incredible achievement that our splendid Learning Department can be proud of. They work tirelessly so that visiting schools may receive an education experience second to none – the foundation of which is delivering both outstanding programmes and superb service. As the Chief Executive of a charity whose primary charitable purpose is Education I could not be more proud!”

Further information on The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s award winning learning programmes can be found at