Top award for tourist spot

Fiona Rogan and Beccy Angus celebrate the Sanford Award success for Rosslyn Chapel

Fiona Rogan and Beccy Angus celebrate the Sanford Award success for Rosslyn Chapel

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One of Midlothian’s top tourist attractions, Rosslyn Chapel, has won a prestigious national award for its work in heritage education.

The Sandford Award, administered by the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, was won after a visit by judges to see the range of educational materials and activities on offer at Rosslyn.

The chapel’s junior tour guides initiative, a partnership with Roslin Primary School, was highlighted for particular praise.

The judges said: “Rosslyn Chapel is a beautiful and inspiring place full of mystery, wonder and plenty of drama, thanks to the staff, local children and volunteers who bring the history of the chapel to life”.

Ian Gardner, director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, was delighted with the news.

He said: “It is a great accolade for Rosslyn Chapel to win this prestigious national award which sets the benchmark for heritage education provision across the UK.

“Many of the team contribute to our education work but particular recognition must go to Fiona Rogan, our learning and outreach manager, and Beccy Angus, learning and outreach officer, who work hard to enhance our learning programmes each year.

“The judges’ report described them as ‘passionate about the site, its history and the importance of the creative education programmes that they deliver’, and this award is a great reflection of their enthusiasm and hard work.”

Rosslyn Chapel Trust’s education work is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.