In 1999, an international workshop 'Heritage presentation and interpretation in Europe' was held at Bournemouth University (UK). 80 participants from 14 different countries agreed that a Europe-wide network would be desirable.
On 14 October 2000, 'Interpret Europe – European Network for Heritage Interpretation' was launched in Hasel (Germany) to work towards the establishment of an association. A steering group and a secretariat were established, a website was created and several bulletins were published.
In 2003, an international seminar on interpretation was held at Göttingen University (Germany). However, attempts to acquire further financial support failed and activities were reduced.
In 2007, during the conference 'The Vital Spark' in Aviemore (UK), delegates re-stated the need to found a pan-Europe association.
In 2009, NAI, the National Association for Interpretation (USA), organised an international conference in Athens (Greece). An initiative group was formed among European participants and prepared the foundations of Interpret Europe as an association.
On 14 July 2010, the foundation assembly of Interpret Europe as 'European Association for Heritage Interpretation' took place in Cerklje na Gorenjskem (Slovenia) with 27 participants from ten different countries signing the Constitution.