Kelmarsh Hall wins 2018 Frances Garnham Award
Kelmarsh Hall is the winner of the 2018 Frances Garnham Award, given by Historic Houses – which represents over 1,650 independently owned historic houses, castles and gardens across the UK.
The Award, now in its fourth year, commemorates the achievements of Frances Garnham, who worked as Director of Policy and Campaigns at Historic Houses until her death in 2015. Frances was passionate about encouraging historic houses and gardens to embrace the opportunities of engaging with a wide range of education audiences – from toddlers to adult learners.
Each year the Historic Houses Learning Advisory Panel presents the Award to a member house or garden which has demonstrated a particularly innovative approach to education work. The panel was really impressed by the partnership elements of Kelmarsh’s educational offer, such as the collaborative models Kelmarsh has created between schools and FE/HE providers.
Ben Cowell, Director General at Historic Houses, said:
“We are thrilled to announce Kelmarsh Hall as the winner of this important award. Educational offerings are a major part of our house members’ engagement with their local communities, and it is wonderful to see such energy and dynamism at Kelmarsh Hall. The ‘below stairs and laundry’ experience is particularly exciting, and a real hit with visitors.”
Gail Bromley, Education Advisor at Historic Houses, said:
“The small team at Kelmarsh has worked tirelessly to develop their education provision into a well-organised, productive and engaging offer – not just for schools but also for the adult and HE market. One element that really caught our attention was the offer for students transitioning between school and FE/HE providers; the team at Kelmarsh works closely with students, their teachers and local FE/HE providers to provide an offer that links experience of heritage management and historical research with academic options and career development support.”
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