Theatre education charity Mousetrap Theatre Projects has received the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.
This is the first time the annual award, which recognises quality and excellence in educational services and facilities at a heritage site, has been presented to a UK theatre education organisation.
Moustrap, which enables disadvantaged children or children with special needs to attend London theatre performances, was noted for its programme for deaf and hard of hearing young people, called StageSeen.
The charity was founded in 1997 and provides in-school education programmes, community workshops, talks and masterclasses that use theatre to help children explore ideas. It also secures best seats at performances from £5 to £10 for disadvantaged young people.
Sandford Award judge Adam Clarke said: “Mousetrap’s work with hard to reach and seldom heard young people incorporates practice that could (and perhaps should) be transferred to all organisations and properties that deliver schools’ programmes. In enabling access to the West End stage, children are given access to a magical world that enables them to learn, create, socialise and grow.”
Previous recipients of the award include Durham Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle and the Tower of London.