Cooper Gallery become winners of prestigious Sandford Award

The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley, has secured the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education.

The award is an independently judged, assessment of education programmes and the UK’s benchmark for high quality learning provision by heritage venues.

The Cooper Gallery welcomes thousands of pupils every year from local schools, as well as providing high quality educational family activities throughout the school holidays. They offer a wide variety of sessions on art based themes, all linked to the national curriculum.

Cllr Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Cooper Gallery has won this award. It is a fantastic achievement that highlights the quality of their schools programme and the tireless work of the team to develop creative and high quality sessions.”

Stephanie Simm, Relationship Manager, Children Young People and Learning said: “Arts Council England is pleased to have supported Barnsley Museums’ work through the Museums and Schools initiative. Museums and galleries provide a unique learning experience that can inspire and motivate young people in exciting and memorable ways. This programme has provided a fantastic opportunity for children and young people to get involved with their local museum and to interact with real objects and works of art, bringing the curriculum to life and linking to subjects such as history, science, design and technology, art and citizenship.”

For more information on school offers at the Cooper Gallery download the Barnsley Museums learning brochure To book a school visit please email