Southwell workhouse wins prestigious award

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The workhouse in Southwell has won a prestigious award for the third year in a row.

The Victorian Workhouse on Upton Road has been crowned with the Sandford award for Heritage Education.

The title was given to the National Trust property following a visit in June from the Sandford Award judges.

Judge Adam Clarke said: “The Victorian Workhouse comes alive in a way that is arguably more authentic than Charles Dickens’s widely accepted interpretation.

“It provides an experience that will live long in the memory of visiting learners of all ages.”

The workhouse opened to the public in 2002.

It was recognised early on as a flagship learning property by the National Trust.

Since then visits have been extremely popular with approximately 4,000 teachers and children visiting in 2012 and many returning year after year.

A teacher from Welbeck Primary commented on the facilities at the Workhouse .

She said: “It creates empathy for what life would have been like.

“It’s as true to life as the children will ever experience!”

Workhouse Learning and Engagement Team, Lynsey Woods and Jane Tappin, were particularly delighted by positive feedback given by the judges who were also very impressed by the combined talent and passion of staff and volunteers.

“Without our volunteers it wouldn’t be possible to deliver such high quality learning experiences for schools.” For more information call 01636 817262.