Heritage Education Trust

Heritage Education Trust

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Gardens and parks
  • Museums / heritage
  • Young people

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National - England


The Heritage Education Trust (HET) was set up in 1981 to run and develop the Sandford Awards for Heritage Education which was originally administered by the Council for Environmental Education from 1978 when the first Sandford Awards were made. Their purpose was to raise the profile of the educational use of historic properties and encourage those responsible for running historic houses to appreciate their important educational role, provide support and monitor standards. The Trust is the only body in existence to provide independent quality assurance for heritage education through the nationally recognised and prestigious Sandford Awards and works in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln to administer the award scheme. Our actions are valued and helping the sector to build resilience by developing an inclusive culture of self-reflection, building confidence and enabling learning teams to have a greater voice within their organisation.


The Heritage education Trust's vision is to enable the public in general and young people in particular, to learn about history, art, architecture and other subjects through engagement with historic buildings and sites, museums, landscapes, parks and gardens, cultures and traditions and the natural environment. Our mission is to achieve our vision through assessment for the Sandford Award and the dissemination of good practice in heritage education. 

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