Dirt and all? Or: That’s what good interpretation is for

As far as J. Geraint Jenkins is concerned, the Welsh efforts to present the nation’s industrial heritage (!) are mostly doomed.  The reason is that sites, and coalmines in particular, are just not grimy enough.  He also points out that much fabric has been lost, leaving the remaining structures without the all-important context.  In presenting … Continue reading Dirt and all? Or: That’s what good interpretation is for

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A balancing act – interpretation between respect and education

Most of us, when doing visitor surveys, will find that visitors arrive at our doorstep with some prior knowledge of the site.  The depth of this knowledge will vary as will its historical accuracy.  Especially where this knowledge is connected with a sense of heritage, however, this may pose a challenge for interpreters. I have … Continue reading A balancing act – interpretation between respect and education

…after all, it’s a heritage site, not a history site

I am preparing a research proposal at the moment, and part of my literature review reminds me of an experience I had late last year at a history conference.  At the time, I was doing another bit of research looking at what our processes are for interpreting significance.  At one of my case study sites … Continue reading …after all, it’s a heritage site, not a history site