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Huntingtower Castle gets seal of approval

8 February 2011

The interactive and costumed tours of Huntingtower Castle have been awarded a national education prize.

The prestigious Sandford Award is jointly managed by Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln and the Heritage Education Trust. It recognises heritage sites which have achieved excellence in heritage education through work with schools.

Huntingtower Castle is the fourth Historic Scotland property to be awarded the honour, joining Edinburgh and Stirling castles and Stanley Mills in Perthshire.

Sue Mitchell, Head of Education at Historic Scotland, said: “This is a huge honour for us and is a testament to the creativity, enthusiasm, energy and dedication of site staff, Emily Copland and Keith Nicholson.
“We give children a taste of what life was like at the castle and schools can choose from three different interactive tours of the castle, which involve costumed role play, investigating evidence and artefact handling.  

“The programme was developed to support Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish schools and we are delighted by how popular it has been with schools in Perthshire and further afield.”

Sue, Emily and regional Education Officer Fiona Davidson received their award from broadcaster and Chairman of The Heritage Alliance Loyd Grossman OBE at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday Feb. 08.

Emily added: “Huntingtower is a fascinating site with a wealth of interesting features, like the early painted ceiling, the two originally free standing towers, the story of the Maiden’s Leap and the accessible wall walk around the battlements.

“With features like these, it’s easy for Keith and me to enthuse pupils on the tours, which in turn adds to our enjoyment.

“It doesn’t seem like work!”

Other sites that have won a Sandford Award this year range from museums such as The Collection in Lincoln and the World Rugby Museum in Twickenham, to historic houses such as Burghley House and Harvington Hall, and a wide range of other heritage sites, including the Stockport Air Raid Shelters, Kent Life and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.


Notes to Editors

  • The Awards focus on formal, curriculum linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites.  The Sandford Award gives a 'kite mark' for high quality education provision which is recognised by schools and other education institutions across the UK.

  • The Award is valid for five years from the date of the Award, after which all Award-holding sites are required to apply to the Heritage Education Trust for a full reappraisal of their educational programmes.

  • For more information on the Sandford Awards contact Tracy Borman on 01536 515731.

  • Historic Scotland is the Scottish Government agency responsible for protecting and promoting the historic environment. It manages more than 345 properties in the care of Scottish Ministers including Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart castles, Skara Brae prehistoric village and Stanley Mills.


For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768100
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk