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BCLM Wins Prestigious Education Award

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22 August 2015

We are proud to announce that we have received a prestigious Sandford Award for our onsite educational programme and activity.

Recognising educational excellence, the awards look at both formal and informal learning programmes to assess the impact on all visitors. 

Approximately 270,000 people visit our open-air Museum each year to learn about one of the world’s first industrial landscapes, and the ways in which it led to a turning point in Britain’s national story. Central to the visitor experience is the opportunity to engage with the stories that we tell, through various forms of interpretation; however additional programmes, such as our Heritage Skills Workshops and Poetry Evenings, allow visitors to further deepen their understanding of the global significance of the Black Country. 

Around a quarter of our visitors are school groups since we cater for all key stages, providing a rich learning environment as well as a wealth of engaging, curriculum-linked workshops and activities. These can include anything from Key Stage 2’s History Detectives where classes will investigate the real lives of Black Country children from 1850 – 1945 to Age of Steam workshops where students will step inside a full size replica of the world’s very first steam engine.

We are absolutely delighted to have won this award. We strive to provide engaging learning experiences of the highest quality and historical authenticity for all our visitors, so it is fantastic to have this recognised. The award is a credit to the hard work and expertise of all our staff and volunteers.


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