DURHAM Cathedral has scooped an award at the ceremony it hosted as the country’s best educational attractions were hailed for their work.
The church’s education service picked up an honour at the Sandford Awards, which recognise and promote quality in learning and teaching provision across Britain’s heritage sites.
The accolades, presented every five years, are regarded as a “kite mark” for the services and are well regarded by schools and other education institutions.
The cathedral’s award follows a visit from the scheme’s judges earlier this year.
Its citation stated teachers and pupils visiting the cathedral can be “assured of a first class, enjoyable educational experience tailored to their needs and led by a delightful, extremely professional education team.”
It added the varied programme of workshops and tours engage pupils of all ages “with the majesty of the building” as well as getting across the significance of the church in society over the centuries.
More than 300 sites – including historic houses, buildings, museums, galleries, cathedrals, places of worship, gardens, landscapes and historic artefacts – have received a Sandford Award since the scheme began in 1978.
Others to collect awards included Beamish Museum, the Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry and York’s Art Gallery and Castle Museum.
The Sandford Awards are administered by Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln and the Heritage Education Trust.