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We’ve received a Sandford Award!

We are delighted to announce that we have received the Sandford Award for high achievement in heritage education. This award reflects the excellence of the sessions run by our education team, which includes school visits, under 5’s Palace explorers and the Young Archaeologists Club, all of which were praised for their great content and quality.

The judges were impressed by the “powerful learning experiences” on offer, facilitated through “creative story making and storytelling”, and a “broad range of resources to engage participants” all “vigorously researched” and delivered with “exemplary class teaching skills”. Because of this, the judges felt that Fulham Palace Trust was worthy of a particular commendation for its work.

The judges were particularly impressed by the importance that every department at Fulham Palace places on education:

There is a strong sense that education is celebrated and valued by all staff across the site. Sessions demonstrated how Fulham Palace aims to positively influence visitors, whether it is enjoying a morning on calm in the garden, an inspiring teaching session or a lifetime of volunteering.

Sandford Award
three teenage girls look a surveyor's level on an archaeology dig

Fulham Palace has the largest volunteering programme in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and the involvement of volunteers within the education programme was praised by the judges:

Volunteers meet and greet visitors, check the lunchrooms, prepare and clear away workshop materials and facilitate during sessions. They receive regular training, are fully valued as part of the team and share advice for workshop session with the session leaders.

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a woman smiles at a child holding her hands up that are covered in paint

Kate Kern, learning and engagement manager, is delighted with the award:

Receiving the Sanford Award is a great honour, and a recognition of the Palace’s learning team and all the hard work the staff and volunteers put into our education activities. From running big family fun days for the whole community and adult learning to facilitating Arts Award courses for young people – every session is special. We want to bring the history of Fulham Palace alive to all our visitors and encourage a passion for lifelong learning.

Kate Kern, learning and engagement manager

See what our learning team are working on, take a look at our upcoming events.