Definition of interpretation
Heritage interpretation was first defined in 1957 as:
“an educational activity which aims to reveal meanings and relationships through the use of original objects, by firsthand experience, and by illustrative media, rather than simply to communicate factual information”.
In his book Interpreting our Heritage, Freeman Tilden sets this definition in the context of the over-riding aim of revealing the significance of a site to non-expert visitors.
Since Tilden’s book was published, others have refined his definition in different ways, but his key principles are still widely adopted.