Making the Past work for the Future – Interpretation in Action. AHI Conference 2009

Cardiff, South Wales

09 September 2009 to 11 September 2009

Come along to Cardiff this September and discover the rejuvenating powers of interpretation.

During three exciting days in the South Wales Valleys we’ll be hearing from a series of local and international speakers and visiting inspiring sites from our base at the University of Cardiff, to discover how interpretation can transform communities, restore pride, attract investment and help shape the future.

We’ll be taking inspiration from interpretive projects that have made a difference for people and the built and natural heritage, both in Wales and around the world. Organisations including Cadw, Brecon Beacons National Park, National Museum of Wales and the Heritage Lottery Fund will be giving us their perspectives on interpretation for regeneration, and Ron Davies, celebrated speaker and former Secretary of State for Wales, will be our guest at the Conference Dinner.

The conference booking form gives full details of the programme. Highlights include:

Wednesday – local speakers and a visit to Cardiff Bay
  • An invaluable optional pre-conference workshop on developing interpretation toolkits for communities, with Gareth Kiddie.
  • After lunch and registration, an afternoon of inspiring sessions, with keynote speakers Richard Bevins, National Museum of Wales, on the economic and social impacts of the new Swansea Waterfront Museum; Ruth Taylor Davies, of Letha Consultancy, talking about the Herian (Heritage in Action) project; and Professor Glenn Jordan, Reader in Cultural Studies & Creative Practice at the University of Glamorgan and Director of Butetown History & Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay. We’ll also be hearing short papers from delegate speakers.
  • Dinner at Cardiff Bay, followed by a guided walk and visit to the remarkable Butetown History & Arts Centre.

Thursday – site visits and the Conference Dinner
  • A veritable smorgasbord of site visits, including the industrial landscapes of Brecon Beacons National Park, Blaenavon Ironworks, Big Pit and peaceful Pontypool Park
  • A chance to catch up with clients and colleagues at the Conference Dinner, followed by songs and stories

Friday – an international perspective and time to network
  • The AHI AGM will be followed by more insightful keynote speakers, including an international perspective on interpretation in action from Professor Jane James, Head of Cultural Tourism at Flinders University in Australia; an assessment of the funding landscape for regeneration and communities from Heritage Lottery Fund’s Tony Crosby; and heritage consultant Carolyn Lloyd Brown on interpretive master-planning for rural and urban regeneration. We’ll be hearing from more delegate speakers too.
  • The conference finishes formally after lunch but don’t rush off – there are more optional tours in the afternoon!

Book today and join us for this stimulating programme.. Conference details and booking form are also available in Welsh.

We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff!

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