Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre has once again been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.
The centre has received the award for the high quality of their education provision to visiting school groups.
The award, which is issued by the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University, lasts for five years and gives a ‘kite mark’ for high quality provision that is recognised by schools and educational institutions throughout the country.
The award also helps give national recognition in the heritage sector of the contribution made by Grimsby Fishing Heritage centre, highlighting the importance of the historic Ross Tiger trawler and the role that the centre plays in helping recognise an important part of our national heritage.
The Sandford Award judging panel commented: “The Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre is a wonderful place to visit for all ages. It provides an accurate history of Grimsby as an international fish dock in the 1950s, demonstrating how proud the people of Grimsby are of their heritage. Schools will be assured of a fascinating and immersive day of learning, with the bonus of guided tours around the Ross Tiger, an original restored 1950s diesel side-trawler. Real life experiences are recounted by ex-trawlermen, bringing the learning experience alive and real.”
David Ornsby, acting operations manager and education officer at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, said: “It’s a huge boost for the attraction and our committed staff and trawler guides to receive this recognition once again. The award showcases the quality and importance of what we offer, especially after the last 18 months which has challenged the centre like never before.
“The story of the rise of Great Grimsby and the effect that our advances in the fishing industry had on the nation is fascinating and of national importance. We are passionate about sharing this with younger generations.
“To have our service recognised with such an award for the second time, and for another five years, is fantastic. The judges that assess us visit attractions all around the UK and have strict standards that they require of Sandford Award winners. Their feedback is very important to us and will be used to further improve our offering.”
Councillor Callum Procter, portfolio holder for economic growth, housing and tourism, added: “It’s wonderful that the judges continue to see something special at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre and have once again recognised it with this award.
“I’d like to extend my thanks to all the staff at the centre for continuing to provide a quality service at this unique and important attraction.”
The attraction holds a number of other awards, including accredited museums status and the Visit England Quality Rose Marque. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence/ Travellers Choice Award has also been awarded to the attraction for the last eight consecutive years for the high number of positive reviews.
The attraction is now looking forward to welcoming children and staff as school visits begin again in the new academic year. Schools wishing to book a visit should contact the attraction by calling (01472) 323345 or emailing [email protected]