Status and Awards
Bruce Castle Museum is accredited by Arts Council England. The ACE Accreditation Scheme sets national standards for UK museums.
Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archive is one of the 2015 winners of the prestigious Sandford Award. This national award is given to museum and heritage organisations with outstanding formal and informal education programmes. The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles.
Bruce Castle Museum’s schools educational programme and informal learning programme has been a long-running and very popular service. Each year around 4,000 school children across Haringey enjoy a visit to the museum. The education service caters for all ages and stages, in particular from Early Years through to Key Stage 2 pupils.
The Sandford Award judge, Caroline Marcus (Project Director at ‘Kids in Museums’) was enormously impressed by the learning programmes on offer at Bruce Castle and felt that they were worthy of commendation by the scheme.
Bruce Castle Museum is in excellent company, with other 2015 recipients from around the country including: The Black Country Living Museum, Chatsworth House, Keats House, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, The Science Museum, The Wordsworth Trust and World Rugby Museum.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. It is a fantastic achievement that celebrates the great relationship we have with our local schools and learning organisations, as well as the excellent quality of our schools and learning programme at Bruce Castle for the enjoyment of young people in Haringey. None of this would be possible of course without the dedicated hard work of all the staff at the museum and archive, who develop and deliver these services." Deborah Hedgecock, Curator.
This 2015 awards ceremony was held on 4 December 2015 at the London Museum of Transport in Covent Garden.
Further details about the award scheme are available on the Sandford Heritage Award for Education website (external link) (Heritage Education Trust).
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