Tatton Park receives Sandford Award for the seventh time
8 March 2011
has been awarded with the Sandford
Award for excellence in heritage education for the seventh
The historic estate in rural Cheshire East is one of only 37 UK
heritage attractions to receive this prestigious award in
2010. The award is jointly managed by Bishop Grosseteste
University College Lincoln and the Heritage Education Trust.
Winners were recognised at a special ceremony at The Houses of
Parliament on Tuesday 8 February, hosted by Loyd Grossman OBE and
the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP.
Tatton Park was represented at the ceremony by Councillor Jamie
Macrae; Brendan Flanagan, Tatton Park and Visitor Economy Manager
and Lynn Podmore, Learning and Visitor Services Manager.
Learning department receives over 14,000 pupils per year.
Pupils engage in a wide variety of educational programmes set in
and inspired by the historic buildings and grounds of the Old Hall,
mansion, farm, gardens and parkland.
Tatton’s education team were externally observed and assessed
for eligibility for the award. The judge’s comments included:
“The Education Programme at Tatton Park fully exploits the wide
ranging heritage assets of the Egerton estate to provide high
quality teaching and learning from Anglo Saxon times to the
1950s. A key strength is Living History and Tatton’s team of
talented actors and interpreters continue to inspire both pupils
and teachers and help deepen their understanding of both local and
Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cheshire East Cabinet member with
responsibility for prosperity, said: “This is fully-deserved
national recognition for the excellent work done by Tatton’s
education team. They are a credit to the service and really help
bring the heritage and history of Tatton to life – to inform,
educate and inspire people of all ages. I am delighted for the
Brendan Flanagan, Tatton Park and Visitor Economy Manager said:
“It was a great tribute to Tatton’s education team to be recognised
once again for this prestigious national award, which we will hold
for the next five years. The judge was very complementary about the
quality and effectiveness of learning opportunities at Tatton. The
ceremony itself was in the wonderful setting of Parliament, where
we rubbed shoulders with Loyd Grossman, the Speaker, and Lady
Sandford, the wife of the award’s founder and took the opportunity
of comparing notes with other recipients”.
Teacher Twilight Session: Wednesday 6 April 2011 –
Whether you are looking to inspire your pupils, or to create a
memorable trip, Tatton Park’s education team will be on hand to
answer your questions.
FREE. Booking in advance essential. For more information
visit our website: or call 01625 374428.
For more information about the Sandford Awards visit:
For further information about this release contact:
Tel: 01625 374447
Fax: 01625 374403
Note to Editors
Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on
behalf of the National Trust.
This impressive historic estate receives in the region of
750,000 visitors every year all of whom come to enjoy its Georgian
Mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award winning Gardens and 1930s rare
breeds farm. The 1,000 acre deer park is home to Red and
Fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure
playground, restaurant and year-round events programme.
Tatton Park is one of Cheshire’s leading Gardens of
Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction programme celebrates the richness
and diversity of Cheshire’s horticultural heritage and green
spaces. Building on the success of Cheshire’s Year of Gardens
08 marketing programme, the project aims to continue to achieve
significant impact for the regional tourism industry from local,
national and international markets.
Supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Between 2007 and 2013 the Northwest of England will receive a total
of £521million (dependent on exchange rate) from the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Managed by the Northwest Regional
Development Agency (NWDA), this funding will enhance the
competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in
employment and enterprise. For further information about ERDF
please visit www.erdfnw.co.uk
For further information please visit www.cheshiresgardens.com