Taj Mahal, Agra India. Phil Dufour

The purpose of this quest is to improve skills in interpreting exhibits in heritage sites. Interpretive exhibits don't just display objects; they use objects to teach history. They do more than just name the objects or group them or even show their functions. Interpretive exhibits use objects to help us understand and explain community history. Good interpretive exhibits present sequences, study effects, explain relationships, make comparisons, and raise as well as answer questions.

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.


Petra Jordan. Andrew Parmer

Heritage interpretation is about connecting people to places, objects and events. It’s about explaining the significance of tangible and intangible heritage and helping visitors – tourists and local people – to engage with and value your heritage site – and to find what it means to them. Interpretation is non-formal education that contributes to lifelong learning. It uses creativity and inspiration while maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the story you have to tell. You are to identify a heritage site and create your own interpretation of the site. This process will help you to establish a clear vision and method for the future and likely to learn a lot about your chosen heritage site.


When doing the tasks you need to take into consideration some of the key issues which are included in the 'Process' document as an attachment when creating their own interpretation. You are required to use your imagination and interest to complete the task. You are encouraged to read the attached two documents in particular the Heritage Trail toolkit, which is a great example on how you can create heritage trails in your neighbourhoods or in place of interest. Also the video will provide a insight for you on the types of things to consider when interpreting a heritage site.



Learners will have an enhanced understanding and awareness of how to interpret heritage sites and make it interesting for the visitors and also ensure they themselves feel connected to the site.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the various ways of gathering information by asking people questions. Understand how to decide between the different types of interview. Develop the skills needed for approaching different types of interviews.

Knowledge Acquired

  • After having followed the training material and the example exercises participants/trainees should have acquired a wide ranging techniques to carry out interviews from people of different backgrounds and learning abilities.

Skills Acquired

  • Participants develop skills to identify via creative and intuitive thinking what is post industrial heritage.

Competences Acquired

  • The participants will be able to reflect on their understanding of what constitutes post industrial heritage.