Top marks for Haddon Hall

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Dedication to education has won an historic attraction a national award.

Haddon Hall, in Bakewell, has won The Sandford Award for Heritage Education in recognition of its tailored tours for children and main focus on the history curricula.

The assessors for the award found that its programmes were delivered by well trained and knowledgeable professional guides who made imaginative use of the building to enhance their stories and stimulate children’s imaginations.

Judith Jones, lead judge of the Sandford Award for Heritage Education, said: “Children enjoy their visit to this beautiful historic home guided by experienced and knowledgeable guides.

“The costume sessions for Key Stage Two pupils are extremely popular.”

Guides were found to have excellent rapports with their groups, being able to engage children and hold their attention.

The judge also noted the expert delivery of the costume sessions at Haddon which allow a fun and informative way to learn about methods of dress and ways of life in the past.

She also said the kitchens provided the opportunity to learn about seasonal availability, how foods might be preserved, diet, methods of cooking and how all parts of animals were utilised and in the stunning Great Hall.

Janet Blackburn, hall manager at Haddon Hall, said: “We are all very excited to have won this award but our greatest endorsement is the children who visit – by the end we aim to have them brimming with excitement about what they’ve seen.

“We aim to bring the history of the Hall alive for them.”