Our history

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 an international network would be desirable in Europe.

On 14 October 2000, 'Interpret Europe – European Network for Heritage Interpretation' was launched in Hasel (Germany) to work towards the establishment of an association. An international steering group and a secretariat were established on a volunteer basis, 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 financial support for Interpret Europe 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.

Our mission

To serve all who use
first-hand experiences to
give natural and cultural heritage
a deeper meaning

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