"WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF THE HERO PROJECT, AN INITIATIVE OF THE HERITAGE EDUCATION TRUST.
The Heritage Education Trust has always been proud of its unique contribution to raising the standard of education within the historic environment through the granting of Sandford Awards for excellence in heritage education. Through the many visits to historic sites throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland we became aware that the development of learning programmes had often become moribund and were not necessarily meeting the full needs of schools with changes in curricula and delivery.
After wide consultation we agreed to take the lead in developing more meaningful programmes for the contemporary agenda. As a small organisation with limited resources and no salaried staff, it was a challenge to set up the Project, to fund and resource it. Through our own network, resources from The Living Landscape Trust and primary grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund, ‘HERO’ was born.
We have worked principally in the East Midlands region of England, but throughout the three year Project, it has been the intention that our outcomes be shared on a national basis. The methodology employed, programmes developed and the outcomes are worthy of wide consideration and dissemination.
I hope that owners, curators, heritage education professionals, teachers and most of all children benefit from our work and that the HERO Project forms the basis of much good interpretation and delivery in years to come. The Heritage Education Trust is committed to introducing HERO principles of innovation and inclusiveness to the Sandford Award for Heritage Education scheme, whenever and where ever relevant. HERO is for all to take and use.
Wilf Weeks OBE
Chairman, The Heritage Education Trust"
What is the HERO Project?
"Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, involve me and I will understand."
Confucius 500 B.C.
The HERO Project enabled thousands of children to visit five historic sites in the East Midlands. Moreover everybody who used HERO resources whilst they were being developed helped to improve the quality of visits for others, thus making children, teachers and all other stakeholders the real heroes of the HERO Project.
HERO (Heritage Education Regional Outreach) was originally a 3 year Heritage Lottery Funded project, which developed new heritage education programmes working in partnership with five sites within the historic environment in the East Midlands. Each site successfully developed distinct heritage education opportunities, demonstrating best practice to the education and heritage sectors. These opportunities are:
Programmes that are not available elsewhere, but recognise existing good practice; programmes that respond, where appropriate, to contemporary agenda in education; programmes that utilise educational opportunities within the historic environment; programmes that are developed as a result of wide consultation within and outside of the heritage and educational sectors.
Programmes that are able to continue beyond the three year funded period, within the capacity of the partner organisations; programmes that recognise the sustainable development agenda; programmes that can be adapted to remain relevant to schools and to contemporary issues in education.
Programmes that can be disseminated as examples of good practice and used by other organisations in whole or in part and where relevant.
Programmes that recognise diversity; programmes that offer opportunities to users who have been excluded from engaging with the historical environment, for whatever reason.’
This is an important part of the learning agenda and cannot be underestimated. As the ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’ agenda states, “We want schools to continue to focus on raising standards while not being afraid to combine that with making learning fun.”
This site is for anyone who wants to learn more about innovation in heritage education, especially teachers and heritage professionals. Further information can found by downloading "The Book of HERO", which was launched at the Sandford Award Ceremony at Edinburgh Castle in November 2006:
Please take a moment to
All HERO programmes and activities are closely linked to the National Curriculum for England and are designed to be flexible and adaptable to suit other curricula:
To access more resources developed by HERO you will need to obtain a user name and password from HERO. Resources are continually under development and are therefore not to be used without consultation with HERO staff.
Or write to:
Heritage Education Trust
We hope that www.theheroproject.org.uk helps you to do something heroic in heritage education!