Lincoln Cathedral has been awarded a Sandford Award for its offer of and commitment to providing high quality heritage educational opportunities.
The accolade aims to celebrate the formal, curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools and colleges by heritage sites with recognition given to informal learning and family programmes.
This news comes during ongoing preparations for the opening of the Old Deanery Visitor Centre later this year, which is set to showcase a new dedicated learning centre, exhibition space and discovery zone giving the educational team at the Cathedral the opportunity to host new learning experiences for visitors.
The Very Revd Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln said: “Throughout its history, Lincoln Cathedral has been a special place of worship, prayer and learning, and that continues to this day.
“Everyone who enters the Cathedral is part of its enduring story, and by working with schools, colleges and community groups we are ensuring that this important tradition continues.
“From an understanding of the principles of the Christian faith to the skills of the craftspeople that built the Cathedral, and the fascinating history that has taken place over almost a thousand years, there is a rich heritage and wealth of inspiring stories for everyone to uncover.
“Every inch of Lincoln Cathedral inspires opportunities for leaning and I’m thankful for the knowledge, skill and enthusiasm of our education team and all of our staff and volunteers at the Cathedral who enable us to share that with so many people.”
Benjamin Smith, Lead Judge for the Sandford Awards, which is managed by The Heritage Education Trust in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University, said: “The Cathedral’s imaginative and innovative approach to exploiting the educational potential of this internationally significant heritage site is commendable and has resulted in the development of a multi-faceted and extraordinarily diverse programme of activities with wide-ranging appeal.”
Each Sandford Award lasts for five years, meaning the Cathedral will hold the quality mark until 2025.