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Children and heritage interpretation – Experiences as a mum and an interpreter.

June 24, 2022
Wednesday 29 June 2022, 18:00 CEST This webinar will recall Tilden’s sixth principle about tackling younger minds. Do we follow a fundamentally different approach as Tilden suggested? Which tools and methods are good to use? How do children experience heritage? If you wish to take part in ...Read More

Dub London: Bassline of a City– GAHI webinar.

June 22, 2022
30 June, 18:00 CEST  The Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation presents innovative and impactful heritage interpretation happening around the world with a webinar series. Join us for the next one: Dub London: Bassline of a City You can register here. Meet the team behind the Museum of London’s ...Read More

The House of European History in Brussels established a new award scheme, the European Democracy Sites.

June 2, 2022
The goal for 2022 is to nominate one historical site per member state of the European Union. Being awarded the European Democracy Sites award will support the visibility of a historical site and its efforts to connect with other historical sites and educational institutions. The 2022 Special Focus Theme will ...Read More
Evaluation example Mojstarna, Image H. Vičič

Evaluation of holistic interpretive experiences

May 20, 2022
26 May 2022, 18:00 CET Evaluation of interpretive services is a part of the planning and implementation of interpretive projects. It gives us insights into the quality and effectiveness of our ideas, drafts, mock-ups, and final services. Evaluation is easier to conduct when we measure what people have ...Read More

Would you like to help organise our conference 2023?

May 14, 2022
As you know, IE conferences will now be held every two years. The last one took place online in October 2021, so the next conference will be held, face-to-face, in 2023. The conference should ideally be scheduled for spring 2023 and be planned in such a way as ...Read More

A new webinar series by Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation

April 22, 2022
19 May, 18:00 CEST  The Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation is inviting all interpreters around the world to a series of webinars in 2022. Join us for the next one: Whose Story is it Anyway: Interpreting the Cultural Mosaic of Canada Interpretation is often used as a way of ...Read More

How heritage interpretation is helping us preserve biodiversity in North Macedonia

April 22, 2022
Thursday 28 April at 18:00 CET This webinar will cover the topic of how cultural and natural heritage interpretation is helping us to preserve our very own bee, the indigenous melliferra macedonica. The challenges that we were facing in the past in our efforts to protect and promote sustainable ...Read More
International Harmony Day promoting cultural diversity (Image: CC0 licence)

International Fund for Cultural Diversity

April 15, 2022
The call for applications to the UNESCO fund is open. Over USD 9 million has been invested since 2010 – will your project be eligible? UNESCO has launched the 13th call for applications to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), a multi-donor fund established under the 2005 Convention for ...Read More
Walking through the town of the dead (Image: Blaženka Ljubović

Open the gates of the town of the dead

April 15, 2022
The secrets of Senj’s catacombs – the last resting place of many Senj citizens and dignitaries – are held under the town square. If you visit the town of Senj and open the gates of the town of the dead under Cimiter Square, you step into the mystical atmosphere of ...Read More
The edge of the Roman Empire: Housesteads Roman Fort, UK

ZELTForum volume 12

April 15, 2022
‘Real – fictional – virtual spaces’ will be the title of the next edition of ZELTForum to be published late 2022. The centre for landscape interpretation and tourism (ZELT) of the Institute of Geography Göttingen aims to demonstrate the potential and relevance of heritage and landscape interpretation for sustainable future development. The ...Read More
The inaugral meeting of the new UNESCO Chair in Slovenia (Image: UNESCO)

New steps for interpretation in Slovenia

April 15, 2022
UNESCO approves a new Chair for heritage and IE’s Managing Director, Helena Vičič, attended the inaugural meeting. The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Primorska (UP FHŠ), in partnership with the Škocjan Caves Park (PŠJ), has established the UNESCO Chair of Interpretation and Education for Enhancing Integrated ...Read More
Brijuni Shiny Forrest dress fashion, image Max Dubravko Fijačko

The magical power of interpretation

April 15, 2022
Join us in Austria in May for an inspiring workshop using our interpretive approach at the Europarc conference. It starts with values, continues with how we engage others and inspire them, and it might end with “wow” and common growth in facilitated common ground. It’s the magic of ...Read More
Kostimirano vođenje 2020, image Marija Dejanović

Simply the best

April 15, 2022
The annual awards for quality, inventiveness, and creativity in tourism, ‘Simply the best’, arrived in the small Croatian city of Nin. The award was established in 2009 and is jointly awarded by UHPA (Association of Croatian Travel Agencies) and the specialist tourist magazine, Way to Croatia. There are six categories ...Read More
Guided walks build relationships with the past

A tribe of interpretive guides

April 15, 2022
 The Interpret Europe family is so valuable to our profession – It is not good for a guide to be alone. It has been a year since I became an interpretive guide and a member of the Interpret Europe family. Yes, family. Because I feel supported by people who share the ...Read More
Pukanca Images: Silvija Jacić 

Why do I love heritage?

April 14, 2022
Traditional embroidery creates a window into our past. We can feel, not just see, the skilled work of our elders, kept alive today. Heritage is like a prism that, every once in a while, enables me to get in touch with the things most beautiful to me. A flicker in ...Read More
Liverpool Word Heritage

Liverpool – After World Heritage

April 14, 2022
An online session from World Heritage UK will look at vital lessons for the future from Liverpool’s loss of World Heritage Site status. The World Heritage UK international online conference, in association with The Heseltine Institute, University of Liverpool, will take place on Thursday, 23 June. In 2021 UNESCO ...Read More
The first group of Mining Heritage Guides

MinerAlp project: Cooperation for mining heritage

April 14, 2022
The first group of Mining Heritage Guides enjoyed intensive training to keep geology and the history of mountain economies alive. The mountains have for years been considered a place for enthusiasts. In recent years, however, there has been an approach to mountain places linked in particular to the naturalistic and ...Read More
The present meets the past as Mirjana meets Dragojla, Image: Dinko Neskusi

A portrait of an independent 19th century woman

April 14, 2022
Tools learned on an IE CIG course were perfect to transport people to the past in Karlovac, Croatia, through the eyes of a special lady. Following two courses (for two Croatian counties), I had the great pleasure and honour of taking part in the Interpret Europe Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG ...Read More
Images: Aleš Skalič: Part of the interpretation plan preparation process is to capture the 'genius loci' of the Rinka exhibition

Heritage of Solčava at the centre of the planning course

April 14, 2022
The rich and exceptional heritage of Solčava was the focus of the first CIP course in Slovenia for a dozen new planners. The first Certified Interpretive Planner (CIP) course in Slovenia came at the right time for all the participants. All of us had previous experiences with the planning of ...Read More
Image Terres de l’Ebre

IE Training Days 2022

April 14, 2022
We invite you to join us in person later this year for five days of training workshops and study visits together in Catalonia, Spain. If you are keen on sharpening your skills in heritage interpretation, experiencing how it works in practice and exchanging ideas with interpreters from all over Europe ...Read More
IE branded images by Jan Geubels


April 14, 2022
IE’s social media feeds have been brightened up with some nice examples of interpretation for younger people. ‘Join us in looking at some examples of interpretation for children’ was an invitation for followers of IE social media to read contributions from IE members about examples of interpretation for children ...Read More
©Ludwig Can heritage interpretation prevent war slide

Can interpretation prevent war?

April 14, 2022
IE’s contribution to the GAHI series of webinars was presented by Thorsten Ludwig and considered this provocative and topical subject. The Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation (GAHI) is taking networking of interpreters around the globe to the next level. It offers a platform for meeting and exchanging between experts ...Read More

The role of heritage interpretation in exhibition planning

March 19, 2022
23 March 18:00 CET Exhibitions are a complex medium of heritage interpretation. Although historically linked to heritage and educational institutions, primarily museums and galleries, exhibitions have also found their place in presenting a wide range of human achievements and ideas, increasingly outside the traditional cultural sector. Assembling and running ...Read More
Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation

A new webinar series by Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation

March 12, 2022
7 April, 18:00 CEST The Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation is inviting all interpreters around the world to a series of webinars in 2022. You can register here. It is the dreadful fate of humanistic education: As soon as violence starts, it is too late. What could heritage interpretation ...Read More

IE Webinar: Hermeneutics and its relevance for practical heritage interpretation

February 9, 2022
28 February 18:00 CET In 1957, Freeman Tilden wrote “Interpreting our heritage”. That same year, the philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer was invited to the university of Leuven, Belgium, to introduce his concept of hermeneutics. His subsequent work, ‘Truth and method’, became one of the most notable philosophical ...Read More

IE Webinar: Heritage interpretation across cultures

January 20, 2022
27 January at 18:00 CET Interpretation is a communication medium that should promote intercultural understanding, respect, and recognition of cultural differences. Learning facts about the differences is not enough and to develop intercultural interpretive /communication skills, we must start from ourselves: we must become aware of core cultural concepts ...Read More

IE Tourism initiative – Last call to jump on train

December 20, 2021
If you participate in the development of your tourist destination, check this out. You might like to join our international initiative. Most recent debates about climate and environmental issues force us to reconsider purposes of our own work at heritage sites. Do we interpreters have a responsibility to respond to ...Read More

Interactive EU funding guide

December 20, 2021
Are you looking for funding for a project? This new guide – which combines all EU funding sources – might make your search a little easier. The European Commission has developed a new online guide to ease access to the funding opportunities available for the cultural and creative sectors across all the ...Read More

The role of interpretation in the sustainable management of tourism sites

December 20, 2021
Call for abstracts for submission to a special issue of the Journal of Interpretation Research on this relevant topic. Having met a lot of you during Interpret Europe’s web conference earlier this year, I’m delighted to inform you that the upcoming special issue of the Journal of Interpretation ...Read More

Butterfly ready to fly

December 20, 2021
A sculpture that says more about the regeneration of a city than first meets the eye. Karlovac is a city in a park. And do you know how many parks Karlovac has? You might say a lot – every citizen of Karlovac considers every moat a park, and every green area ...Read More
©Silvija Jacić, Broken Landscape

Broken Landscape

December 20, 2021
The most impressive monument that commemorates the Croatian War of Independence, where I felt a deeper meaning. I stood there, deeply moved by the devastating beauty of the monument and landscape. I looked at Hrvatska Kostajnica, etched in the greenery of the Banovina Pounje, through a huge lens, through the ...Read More

European Heritage Awards 2022

December 20, 2021
The European Heritage Awards are open for submissions – but only until 1 February 2022 so hurry to get your project recognised! This year marks the 20th anniversary of Europe’s most prestigious Awards in the heritage field. Europe’s most inspiring architects, craftsmen, cultural heritage experts, professionals, volunteers, public ...Read More

Discover Your Faro Way

December 20, 2021
A role-playing game to promote the Council of Europe’s Faro Convention. The game seeks to promote the Faro Convention and the value of cultural heritage for society in innovative ways whilst actively engaging different stakeholders in its implementation. With the aim of fostering a better understanding of the ...Read More

UNESCO: Heritage and Our Sustainable Future series

December 20, 2021
Several of the reports from this online conference link well to the importance and impact of heritage interpretation. UNESCO is working in partnership with PRAXIS at the University of Leeds, UK and with support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to deliver a series of brief reports honing ...Read More
©Daniela Ruçi, Mountain Day celebrations

The echo of Mountain Day

December 20, 2021
This holiday in Albania (which is almost three-quarters mountainous) has not taken place since covid, but we look forward to the future again. The celebration of Dajti Mountain Day, for the residents of Tirana, has started to be a beautiful ceremony that seeks to remove people from the noise ...Read More
©Studio 11, Performance of Morgan’s Treasure by Instra Inspirit in Dvigrad

First Croatian national forum of heritage interpretation

December 20, 2021
An in-person event: 120 people spending three days immersed in heritage interpretation in 2021. Sounds like a dream, and it felt like one, too.    In October, an in-person event gathered around 120 participants, mostly heritage interpretation professionals, and took them on an interpretive journey through Terra Magica. That ...Read More
©MuZEH Lab, Movable Carpet

Movable Carpet Project

December 18, 2021
An Albanian playground game based on mosaics inspired a project developed by MuZEH Lab. The Center for Development of Museums, Heritage and Culture – MuZEH Lab is a centre opened for the community in April 2021 based in Durrës city, Albania. The centre was founded with the mission of creating a ...Read More
©Meri Vesanovic, Immersive experience in small palace

 Tales of nature and the medieval past

December 17, 2021
Visitor Centre Medvedgrad, on the slopes of mount Medvednica overlooking Zagreb, provides new immersive heritage experience for all. The old fortified medieval town of Medvedgrad has recently been transformed into a visitor and tourist hub for the Nature Park Medvednica. Opened in October 2021, it is the result of many ...Read More

Health funding to gamify a heritage project

December 17, 2021
How a 1970s early gamification model was used to create a wildlife recording booklet to encourage citizen science using healthcare funding. As a child growing up in England in the ‘70s, the series of books that really got me engaged in the world around me (and particularly my interest in ...Read More
©CreativeMedia, Emil Mandaric gifts a statue of the watercarrier to tourism board

Invisible to the eye

December 17, 2021
Can interpretation help inclusivity? A project in Bakar puts theory into practice with the help of an unusual historical personality.  “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly…” We often refer to the famous Little Prince line by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, when trying to understand ...Read More

Bog haiku – Interpreting peatland science through Japanese poetry

December 17, 2021
This ancient form of Japanese poetry lent itself to interpreting the science of bog restoration and carbon capture on Twitter. In the run-up to COP26 in November, social media was aflame with hockey-stick diagrams and best-fit-worst-scenario graphs of probability, many of them only understood by ...Read More

Have you ever heard grass grow?

December 15, 2021
Sometimes I feel I can hear grass grow, simply by discovering a deep connection between nature and our folk tradition. In Slovenia, we use this phrase – that you can hear grass grow – when you are a bit ecstatic or lose your mind a bit (usually during puberty or in love ...Read More
©Anna Carlemalm, World Heritage trail interactive interpretation

Don’t hold your breath! – Interpreting land uplift bounce back with your own tummy

December 15, 2021
The High Coast Kvarken Archipelago WHS has a new interpretive plan, and an interactive trail to engage families with the geology and history. After many years, the High Coast Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site finally has an interpretive plan. It is a challenge to interpret a site of three separate ...Read More

CIT in Krakow

December 15, 2021
Four unforgettable IE days were spent in Krakow, Poland, when IE’s Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT) course took place. The four days of the recent Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT) course and trainer’s upgrade courses for Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) and Certified Interpretive Writer (CIW), will last in the memory ...Read More

Words that are worth reading

December 15, 2021
Croatia’s first CIW course enriched my knowledge and made me see that writing is the most challenging skill to master as a heritage interpreter. Writing to inspire and connect with the reader is a continuous process of capturing the essence of cultural and natural heritage. As our trainer, Sandy ...Read More
©Andi Bančić, Tour of Savičenta as a part of First Croatian National Forum of Heritage Interpretation.

Magical cauldron of Savičenta

December 15, 2021
If only we could take the recipe of Savičenta’s development and transfer it to any other destination.   I recently came back from delivering an IE Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) course in the Istrian town of Svetvinčenat or Savičenta (don’t ask how can it have two names, long story ...Read More

Creating meaningful experiences with one of Norway’s most elusive arctic animals

December 14, 2021
After IE’s Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) course, I never go to work without my interpretation toolbox. In September 2021, I found myself surrounded by a spectacular vertical landscape of narrow fjords and towering mountains in Aurland, on the west coast of Norway. A contrast to my place of work ...Read More