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Sandford Award for Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House

The quality of the education programme at Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre has once again been recognised by the granting of a Sandford Award.  This highly respected quality mark for excellence in heritage education provision recognises and promotes quality and best practice in educational provision by sites across the UK and Ireland.
 
More than 500 sites, including country houses, museums and galleries, have received a Sandford Award since the scheme began in 1978.  Among this year’s recipients were Buckingham Palace, The National Museum of Ireland, The National Archives and the V & A Museum of Childhood.
 
The citation on the award received by Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre states that it has been granted a Sandford Award “in recognition of their outstanding contribution to heritage education and learning within the historic environment”.   It is the second time that this Mid Ulster site has received a Sandford Award: it was also granted this accolade in 2014.
 
The award was formally presented at the Sandford Awards ceremony at the V & A Museum of Childhood in London on 18 November, and it was accepted by Cllr. Clement Cuthbertson, Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council.  Cllr. Cuthbertson said, 

I am delighted that the Education Programme at Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre has received a second Sandford Award.  All of the staff in this Dungannon centre work hard to ensure that the best possible service is offered to every school and college that makes a booking.  It is heartening to see these efforts being recognised by experts in heritage education.

 
This latest award for Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House education team comes after the Centre’s Heartland Project (jointly delivered with Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy) received the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society for “Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People” at the end of last month.
 
For more information on the education programme at Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House, visit http://www.dungannon.info/ or contact Peter Lant, Education Officer on 028 8772 8600, option 5.   
 
 

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