Jane Austen’s House Museum is delighted to report that it has once again received the Sandford Award for Heritage Education. 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 Awards focus on formal, curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites, although recognition is also made of informal learning such as family programmes.
The judges were extremely positive about the education programme at Jane Austen’s House Museum, which they described as ‘engaging’ and ‘thought-provoking’ with clear evidence of ‘inspiring hands-on teaching and learning.’
When the museum opened to the public in 1949, one of its charitable aims was to raise awareness of Jane Austen’s life and works through education. This continues to be one of our primary aims today and we therefore offer a varied programme of workshops for students of all ages. These workshops are designed to be engaging and interactive, and feature activities such as creative writing, artefact handling and regency dancing. We also offer an outreach service. One school recently remarked that their visit to the museum was ‘extremely beneficial for students in the process of developing a love of reading and literacy.’
If you would like more information regarding learning opportunities at the museum, please contact our Learning Officer: email@example.com