What is heritage interpretation?
Heritage interpretation is a structured approach to non-formal learning specialised in communicating significant ideas about a place to people on leisure. It establishes a link between visitors and what they can discover at heritage sites such as a nature reserve, a historic site or a museum.
Good interpretation is always based on first-hand experience and often on personal contact with staff on site. Interpretation does four things:
- it provokes visitors’ curiosity and interest in what may be an unfamiliar topic or theme
- it relates the site or objects to visitors' own knowledge, experience, background and values,
- it reveals the significance of the site or objects which visitors can understand and appreciate, and
- it helps people to enjoy a satisfying experience.
Interpretation is a form of storytelling
Read more about its benefits for management and conservation as well as for visitors.