Crumlin Road Gaol capture Sandford Award 2014 for Excellence

Crumlin Road Gaol capture Sandford Award 2014 for Excellence

Crumlin Road Gaol capture Sandford Award 2014 for Excellence

17th December 2014
The Education Programme at Crumlin Road Gaol & Visitor Centre has been awarded a Sandford Award 2014 for excellence in the provision of Heritage Education.
Launched in September 2013 ‘A Day in the Life of a Victorian Child Prisoner’ is an education programme which has been specifically designed for Key Stage Two and takes the children on a journey back in time, reliving the sights and sounds of child prisoners who entered the Gaol over 120 years ago.

Education Officer at the Crumlin Road Gaol, Amelia Deehan attended the awards ceremony at the National Maritime Museum, London stated, “We are delighted to have been recognised for such an award which celebrates high quality education provision in the heritage sector across the United Kingdom. The programme continues to go from strength to strength and is a must-see for schools in 2015!”

The Sandford Award is a prestigious, national award and is conferred by the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. Past recipients of the award in Northern Ireland have been: the Navan Centre, the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, and Sentry Hill House, Carnmoney.
The citation on the judge’s report reads: “Crumlin Road Gaol is a heritage building in a city with a troubled history. The learning programme has been very well developed and is delivered in a sensitive way by a knowledgeable and talented team. Schools will benefit from a visit, as the story covers the history of Northern Ireland from Victorian times to the present, with living history, to educate and entertain with just enough scariness to make the time spent inside ‘real’.”
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For further information:
Joanna Quinn
PR & Marketing Executive
Crumlin Road Gaol
T: +44 (0)28 9074 1500
E: joanna.quinn@crumlinroadgaol.com

 

Notes to editor

  • By participating in the programme Children will have the opportunity to spend the morning in Victorian clothing and empathise with those who suffered the brutality of the Victorian prison system.
  • They will meet the person that all the prisoners feared most; the Prison Warder, who will begin the process of admittance into the Gaol and provide a brief insight into the daily routine of life in Crumlin Road Gaol in 1893 and the punishments that many children suffered.
  • They will also meet one of the prisoners who will recollect stories of what life is like in Crumlin Road Gaol. They will experience the sounds and smells of a working prison, try out oakum picking and take their daily exercise in the Airing Yard.
  • The programme has welcomed 2600 KS2 pupils from cross Northern Ireland in its first year.
  • The programme is 2hours in length and runs from 10.30-12.30.

 

Crumlin Road Gaol
Daily Guided tours- run every day between 10am and 4.30pm
History – The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed its doors as a working prison in 1996. After extensive renovations the gaol has re- opened as a visitor attraction and conference centre. Today you can take a guided tour of the prison and hear about the history of the site from when women and children were held within its walls through to the political segregation of republican and loyalist prisoners and learn about why the decision was taken to close the prison.

To Book or enquire about the Education Programme at Crumlin Road Gaol contact
Amelia Deehan
Education Officer
Crumlin Road Gaol
T: +44 (0)28 9074 1500
E: amelia.deehan@crumlinroadgaol.com