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.