For a record sixth time, Beaulieu has been awarded the coveted Sandford Award, in recognition of the excellent Education Services it offers. The award was presented to the Beaulieu Education team at a ceremony in Durham Cathedral on Tuesday 29th November.

    Susan Tomkins, Heritage / Education Archivist, Group Visits Executive, Mandy Lane and Learning & Access Officer, Chris Gutteridge were present to accept the award, which was granted to Beaulieu by the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, in recognition of Beaulieu’s outstanding contribution to Heritage education and learning within the historic environment.

    Mandy Lane, Susan Tomkins and Chris Gutteridge

    The Awards Scheme, first conceived by the Heritage Education Trust in 1975, was established to raise the profile of the educational use of historic properties, and annually presents Awards in recognition of excellence in the provision of Educational Services. Beaulieu received its first Sandford Award in 1978, and since then has continued to develop the quality and range of services on offer for Educational Groups.

    The 2011 Sandford Award commendation for Beaulieu reads: “Beaulieu offers schools some excellent facilities and resources, and an outstanding range of carefully planned educational programmes and activities. Delivered by some highly talented and well-trained staff, these are closely linked to the needs of the National Curriculum and are stimulating, informative and fun.”

    Beaulieu boasts a wealth of resources for the study of Heritage Education and in programmes offering something for every age group, it spans the 800 year history of the Beaulieu Estate.

    The 2012 Education programme will include a number of curriculum-based activities themed on the National Motor Museum’s exciting new exhibition for 2012, Bond In Motion, which will showcase 50 vehicles from the James Bond films.

    Beaulieu also offers a number of Educational trips to its sister attraction, Buckler’s Hard. This 18th century shipbuilding village is situated on the banks of the Beaulieu River, and was used to build the ships for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar. The Maritime Museum at Buckler’s Hard has recently been re-displayed to offer a new interpretation of Buckler’s Hard and the Beaulieu River, which has helped greatly to improve the quality of its educational programmes.

    For further information on educational visits to Beaulieu and Buckler’s Hard, please visit