On our website, but especially through social media, we bring you examples of heritage interpretation. As a support medium for the Portico project, this website is created and then after the project was finished, it was continued as part of the E30 Foundation. Other than through our social media presence, we have been quiet for some time.
So now it’s time to highlight another great organization for heritage interpretation, the Association for Heritage Interpretation. The AHI is a key forum for anyone interested in interpretation, founded in 1975 as the Society for the Interpretation of Britain’s Heritage.
Heritage interpretation is “the art of helping people explore and appreciate our world,” as the AHI explaining it on their website. They quote Freeman Tilden, one of the founders of modern interpretation: “An educational activity which aims to reveal meaning and relationships through the use of original objects, by first-hand experience, and by illustrative media, rather than simply to communicate factual information”.
AHI believes that interpretation enriches our lives through engaging emotions, enhancing experiences and deepening understanding of places, people, events and objects from the past and present.
Nowadays we have many new ways, or (digital) tools, to help us with heritage interpretation. There are also new ways of looking at business models for interpretation, which might lead to new activities and innovative approaches and applications.
The AHI website contains many resources for members who have registered to access the Resources section.