What Is Interpretation?

IA What is Interpretation?Interpretation communicates ideas, information and knowledge about locations, the natural world or historic places in a way which helps visitors to make sense of their environment. Good interpretation will create engaging, unique and meaningful experiences for visitors.

Interpretation takes many forms including guided walks, talks, drama, art, sculpture, displays, signs, brochures and electronic media as well as any other way in which ideas can be communicated.

 

Good interpretation should:

  • enrich the visitor’s experience by making it more meaningful and enjoyable;
  • assist the visitor to develop a keener awareness, appreciation and understanding of the heritage being experienced;
  • accomplish management objectives by encouraging thoughtful use of the resource by the visitor; and
  • promote public understanding of heritage management organisations and their programs.

To hear more about the value of interpretation – follow this link.

 

2018 IA Conference Sydney. Image by Kylie Christian.

 

Like to learn more?  Why not take a look at some of our Case Studies?

Face-to-Face – Phillip Island

The purpose of the Heritage Farm Ranger Talk is to educate Primary School students within the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) levels 1-4. We aim to enhance student knowledge about the rich history of the area including the Bunurong and early European settlers through engaging activities and tales of farming life in the 1800s.

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Upcoming Events

Apr
3
Wed
2019
all-day Visitor Research Forum 2019 @ Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
Visitor Research Forum 2019 @ Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
Apr 3 all-day
Visitor Research Forum 2019 @ Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
The event aims to bring together industry and academic thought leaders working and researching in the area of visitor research across Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr.[...]
May
20
Mon
2019
all-day International Conference on Inte... @ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
International Conference on Inte... @ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
May 20 – May 24 all-day
International Conference on Interpretation @ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Join us in Rio de Janeiro, a city famous the world over, for the 2019 International Conference on Interpretation. Hosted for the first time in South America, the International Conference on Interpretation takes place in[...]

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