past ahi journals

Back issues of the Journal from 2003 onwards. The public website offers a sample article from each issue, while registered and logged-in members can access all of the articles.

Past issues will be added to the website twelve months after the paper version is sent to members.

  • Volume 20, Number 1 Summer 2015 >> To celebrate our 40th birthday we reflect on 40 years of the Association and the changes, milestones and personal journeys this represents. We also look forward to the future of the profession with an article on the new competence profile for the profession developed by theGundtvig inherit project.
  • Volume 19, Number 2 Autumn 2014 >>  Welcome to this Autumn edition of the Journal. A hundred years ago, in the Autumn of 1914, people still believed the war ‘would be over by Christmas’. How wrong there were.
    A century on, and we may have learned little about the horrors and futility of war, but we have developed a capacity to interpret challenging subjects with sensitivity.

    Most societies have been affected by war and conflict at some point in their histories. As such, it is inevitable that we are left with places of death, tragedy and pain. What we do with these places and how we make sense of their stories has enormous implications for interpretation.

  • Volume 19, Number 1 Spring 2014 >> In this journal we investigate working with communities. Working with communities can be one of the most rewarding experiences for an interpreter. For it is within communities that we have all the raw ingredients for a remarkable story, and the development of that story can often be a magical voyage of discovery for both the interpreter as well as the community involved. However, working in this way is not without its challenges with interpreters having to introduce additional skills in engagement and advocacy.
  • Volume 18, Number 2 Autumn 2013 >>  In this issue of the Interpretation Journal we do one of the things interpreters should do best – listen to others. We have recruited a diverse cast from other disciplines to share skills we can draw upon and put into practice. Authors come from architecture, art, branding, community engagement, journalism, market research, philosophy and psychology.
  • Volume 18, Number 1, Spring 2013 >>  This journal explores the philosophy of interpretation. To this end we have assembled a stellar cast of writers, policy makers and practitioners, each of whom addresses the place of interpretation in the 21st century from their own perspective.
  • Volume 17, Number 2, Autumn 2012 >> As anyone with young children knows, pirates hold an enduring fascination for us. But our bucaneering past is only one manifestation of the deep and defining relationship we have with the sea - a relationship we celebrate in this edition of the journal.
  • Volume 17, Number 1, Spring 2012 >> As a nation, the Olympics is a chance to showcase our wonderful built, natural and cultural heritage to the world. It is also a prompt to all of us to dust off our tracksuits, swim suits or cycling shorts and engage with sport and recreation – both as participant and observer. So, in this edition of the journal we grasp an Olympic sized opportunity to explore interpretation relating to a very special ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ event. James Carter sets the scene with a personal reflection on the subject and his forthcoming participation in a Cultural Olympiad event; Helen Mears describes an enthnographic museum interpretation project inspired by the Olympic 'Stories of the World' initiative; and Kate Sayer relates the huge impact of the Olympics on the Stratford Discover Children's Story Centre, Britain's first storytelling museum for children.
  • Volume 16, Number 2, Autumn 2011 >> Where are we? The question every map reader dreads, especially if they find themselves in the middle of a bog after promising a short-cut to a pub. This issue of the Interpretation Journal navigates the reader through the role of maps in interpretation. Aaron Lawton introduces the theme of the issue, which is taken up by Mick Ashworth on the role of cartographers and Carl Atkinson on research about how people use maps. Case studies range from the London tube and West Sussex to Ghent and the Cairngorms.
  • Volume 16, Number 1, Spring 2011 >> This issue of the Interpretation Journal focuses on ways to push the boundaries of interpretation, inspired by the 2010 AHI Conference. Articles range from Carolyn Lloyd Brown's provocative leader and James Carter's discussion of boundaries to case studies ranging from the Kensington Palace to Washington's Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • Volume 15, Number 2, Autumn 2010 >> This edition of the Journal is dedicated to interpreting gardens.
  • Volume 15, Number 1, Spring 2010 >> The Journal edition is dedicated to writing in interpretation.

    Writing is sorcery. Make a few squiggly marks on a piece of paper – like the ones you’re reading now – and you conjure images and ideas in your reader’s mind. The magic trick works because the squiggly marks represent sounds, and the sounds are words, and the words are linked to things, actions, thoughts and feelings. It’s amazing the system works at all; that our brains are capable of skimming the marks so quickly while making the abstract connections between them, the sounds they represent, and the shapes and dreams for which the sounds are just symbols.
  • Volume 14, Number 2, Autumn 2009 >> This issues takes a hard-nosed look at the economics of interpretation during pressing financial times. From what the HLF is looking for, to how to use good interpretation to increase footfall. There are also case studies from Australia and the USA.
  • Volume 14, Number 1, Spring 2009 >> The issue of the Journal focuses on the use of pictures and imagery in interpretetation, exploring themes such as working with artists and the use of maps.
  • Volume 13, Number 3, Autumn 2008 >> Articles exploring the needs for good interpretive planning.
  • Volume 13, Number 2, Summer 2008 >> Examples of audio tours and other mobile interpretive media in countryside and museum locations.
  • Volume 13, Number 1, Spring 2008 >> A review of award-winning interpretation across the UK.
  • Volume 12, Number 3, Autumn 2007 >> Articles inspired by the 2007 Vital Spark conference range over creativity and community regeneration to how interpretation leads to protection.
  • Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2007 >> The best of interpretation 2006.
    Fifteen award-winning schemes from Interpret Britain
  • Volume 11, Number 3, Autumn 2006 >> Preserving the planet: Interpretation and sustainability
  • Volume 11, Number 2, Summer 2006 >> How is it for you? Invoking emotions in interpretation.
  • Volume 11, Number 1, Spring 2006 >> The Best of Interpretation 2005: Nine award winning schemes from Interpret Britain
  • Volume 10, Number 3, Autumn 2005 >> Hot topics: Interpreting controversial and emotional issues
  • Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 2005 >> On the water front: Interpreting water and waterscapes
  • Volume 10, Number 1, Spring 2005 >> What's going on? News and views on heritage interpretation world-wide.
  • Volume 09, Number 3, Autumn 2004 >> Understanding our visitors: The value of evaluation.
  • Volume 09, Number 2, Summer 2004 >> Freedom to delight: Interpretation for children and families
  • Volume 09, Number 1, Spring 2004 >> Big issues: Conflict, contemplation and interpretation. The articles in this issue are adapted from talks given at the AHI Annual Conference: Conflict and Contemplation held in Manchester, September 2003.
  • Volume 08, Number 3, Autumn 2003 >> Pushing the right buttons: Using technology in interpretation. This issue focuses on the challenges, innovation and accessibility that state-of-the-art (and some not so state-of-the-art) technology can bring to displays.
  • Volume 08, Number 2, Summer 2003 >> How does your garden grow? Interpreting plants and gardens. The British are known as a nation of garden lovers and produce some of the best gardens in the world. So how do we interpret plants and gardens to cater for a high proportion of knowledgeable gardening public as well as those who know relatively little? In this issue, articles deal with wide-ranging solutions from plantings as a vehicle for expressing sensitive issues to putting the pungent small of jaguar urine in its jungle context!
  • Volume 08, Number 1, Spring 2003 >> Ready and willing. Award winning schemes from Interpret Britain 2002 special category: volunteers.