Intermediate course: Heritage Interpretation

Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, London

08 February 2018

Please note this course is now fully booked. Check back soon for further courses in 2018.

Freeman Tilden, the “Father of Interpretation” believed that interpretation is an art, but one which can be taught.

If you want to develop your understanding and application of interpretive good practice then this course is for you. 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.  The course will be run three times across England (on the above dates) to maximise participation opportunities.

During the course you will have the opportunity to:
  • Work in small, passionate peer groups to apply theory in practice.
  • Develop your understanding and skills using a “live” project.
  • Network and work with others at a similar stage in their careers.
  • Expand your professional skills in a creative, hands-on way.
  • Evidence your development against GEM and AHI's competencies.
  • Have some fun with practical applications of theory.
The course will combine a one-day workshop with personal work and ongoing peer discussion to give you the most beneficial learning experience possible. This will include:
  • A pre-workshop activity and online conversation before the workshop day.
  • A full day workshop with practical activities, in a museum location.
  • Post-workshop activity and online conversations.
  • An assessed piece of work to show you have achieved the competencies.
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 output from the one-day workshop will be the basis of an interpretive plan which you will complete, using the tools and techniques learnt, and submit as part of the post-workshop activity. By the end of the course you will:
  • Have an understanding of how to prepare an interpretive plan.
  • Appreciate and be able to apply the theory that underpins interpretation.
  • Have produced an interpretive plan.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be awarded a certificate of achievement.

The course has been developed in line with the GEM core competencies, which were produced in 2015 through consultation with experts in the sector, and the AHI core competencies, which were produced as part of the InHerit project working across Europe.

The course director is Sarah Oswald. Sarah is director of The Authentic Spark; providing coaching, training, facilitation and interpretive scripting in the heritage sector. She works to help people find their “spark” of creativity.

For more information, please visit the GEM website.

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