Heritage Interpretation 2018

If you want to develop your understanding and application of interpretive good practice, then this course is for you! 

Course brochure

Freeman Tilden, the “father of interpretation” believed that interpretation is an art, but one which can be taught. We will share the skills of this “art” and explore Tilden’s other principles of interpretation through hands-on learning. You will discover the background and context for interpretive theory and be supported to put it into practice in a meaningful way.

“It’s been really helpful to have a framework to work within and to gain a better understanding of the principles that lie behind good interpretation” – Past participant

Hear from our course director, Sarah Oswald, on what the course is about, what you will learn and who should attend:


Who is it for?
This course is aimed at mid-career professionals with responsibility for planning, delivering or managing learning programmes across the heritage sector. It is most suited to those already involved in interpretation in their organisation, especially those looking for ways to improve or build upon their practice.

Who runs the course?
The course director is Sarah Oswald. Sarah is a creative coach with over 20 years’ experience in heritage interpretation, which she shares as the course director for Heritage Interpretation. She has worked in consultancy, on projects large and small, and in community heritage and loves to use that experience to help coach, mentor and train others in the sector.

When & where is it?
The course will combine a one-day workshop with personal work and ongoing peer discussion to give you the most beneficial learning experience possible. The one-day workshop will be a mix of discussion and sharing of perspectives/experiences, practical working in pairs and small groups and some presentation of theory by the course director. It will also facilitate the building of a peer group to support you through the follow-up activity.

The course is taking place in:

•  London: Friday 27 April 2018, 10.00-16.30 at the National Army Museum *fully booked*
•  Cambridge: 
Thursday 4 October 2018, 10.00-16.00 at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Course fee?
It is £125 for GEM and AHI members and £160 for non-members, which includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments during the workshop.

How to apply?
To apply for this course, please download a Heritage Interpretation 2018 booking form, fill it in and email it to office@gem.org.uk or send it to GEM Office, 54 Balmoral Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4PG.

Got a question?
To find out more, please download the course brochure.

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This course was developed in 2017 in partnership with the Association for Heritage Interpretation with thanks to Arts Council England funding. 


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