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Heritage education earns Geffrye Museum the Sandford innovation award

PUBLISHED: 14:41 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:58 09 October 2017

Sandford award-winning Geffrye Museum's education facilities praised for their innovation. Picture: Geffrye Museum Trust

Sandford award-winning Geffrye Museum's education facilities praised for their innovation. Picture: Geffrye Museum Trust

Trustees of Geffrye Museum

A Sandford award for heritage education has been given to east London’s Geffrye Museum recognising its innovation learning programmes and facilities.

The Geffrye opened as East End's museum of the furnature trade at turn of 20th century in converted18th century Shoreditch almshouses in the Kingsland Road. Picture: Richard Davies/Geffrye Museum Trust The Geffrye opened as East End's museum of the furnature trade at turn of 20th century in converted18th century Shoreditch almshouses in the Kingsland Road. Picture: Richard Davies/Geffrye Museum Trust

It comes in the year the Geffrye is about to start its £18 million modernisation project which closes the Shoreditch education centre and museum from January until 2020.

The Sandford judge beamed with praise for the museum in Kingsland Road, declaring: “The Geffrye is going through a redevelopment that has learning firmly at its heart.

“Its stimulating sessions will deepen children’s learning, whether teachers visit with their class now or after the reopening, or take part in outreach sessions with objects brought into school for children to handle and discuss.”

The redevelopment project expands the museum with new spaces for learning and discovery.

Typical children's summer 'outdoor classroom' at The Geffrye. Picture: Geffrye Museum Trust Typical children's summer 'outdoor classroom' at The Geffrye. Picture: Geffrye Museum Trust

Museum director Sonia Solicari said: “We led the way with museum education in the 1930s and learning remains at the core of everything we do today.”

The Sandford award recognises a dedication in providing innovative learning opportunities and resources for all ages.

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