Heritage Interpretation for Senior Audiences

The main objective of HISA was to enhance the learning experience of seniors beyond 55 years visiting heritage sites, museums and protected areas.

Due to demographic change seniors are becoming increasingly important for many sites. They also play an important role as active citizens and often influence the opinions of others.

Heritage interpretation can support seniors to broaden their horizons of interests, encourage reflection and overcome cliché and stereotypes. Non-formal and informal learning at heritage sites and museums can be enhanced by better addressing the needs of seniors.

The HISA partnership evaluated on-site educational facilities for senior visitors e.g. interpretive media and human interpreters. Partners collected data and feedback in their regions from adult educators and senior learners and shared previously developed good practice. Based on these findings a manual was written and widely disseminated.

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
John Cage