Heritage venues recognised

Kirkstall Abbey.
Kirkstall Abbey.
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Three leeds heritage attractions are to be honoured for their excellent educational programmes.

Abbey House Museum and Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds City Museum, and Temple Newsam House will be presented with a Sandford Award later this month.

The awards – run by Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln in partnership with the Heritage Education Trust – celebrate the best in heritage education.

This year’s awards will be presented by writer, historian and TV presenter Dr Lucy Worsley at the Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms in Bath on Tuesday, November 21. Dr Worsley is also Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces.

Dr Tracy Borman, chief executive of the Heritage Education Trust, said “It is wonderful to see another hugely varied range of Sandford Award winners this year, many of which have never entered the scheme before.

“We are particularly delighted to be presenting the awards at the Fashion Museum and Assembly Rooms in Bath, a city so closely associated with Jane Austen, whose 200th anniversary is being commemorated this year.”

The city’s three attractions will join 36 other palaces, castles, cathedrals and museums, including the famous Blenheim Palace and the Warner Brothers Studio Tour at the ceremony. The awards scheme was established in 1978 by Lord Sandford to encourage those responsible for running historic houses and to guide their educational efforts by monitoring standards.

Visit sandfordaward.org for more information.