Education award for Dungannon Arts Centre

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The Education Programme at The Hill of the O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, Dungannon, has been awarded a Sandford Award 2014 for excellence in the provision of Heritage Education.

The Sandford Award is a prestigious, national award and is conferred by the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. Other recipients of the award in Northern Ireland in previous years are the Navan Centre, the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, and Sentry Hill House, Carnmoney.

The citation on the Sandford Award Judge’s Report for The Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre reads:

“The good experience that schools have in attending the Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House is a triumph of organisation and a testament to the Education Officer and the managers.

“The mixture of the practical with the historical legends, stories and myths related in the interpretation gallery shows children of today, in a gentle, captivating way, an episode in the life of their ancestors in this part of rural Ireland that helped establish the communities there.”

The Education Officer at the Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, Peter Lant, is delighted with this award: “To receive this award is a real honour, and the result of a lot of effort by many people. The staff at this centre work together as a team in order to welcome all visitors and to present the history of this district in a manner that engages each person who spends some time with us.”

The formal award ceremony for the Sandford Awards 2014 will take place in November at a location yet to be announced.