Join our first IE pilot course on live interpretation


Have you mastered your medieval sword skills, enjoyed sewing your costume or are the foremost exponent of a disappearing craft? This course will equip you with the tools for sharing your passion with visitors at your chosen site.

How do you maximise visitor engagement with your live interpretation offer? How can you best fulfil the potential of costumed historical interpretation? If you have ever wondered how to move beyond object and function to an interpretation of the whole human story this is the course for you.

In order to develop a Certified Live Interpreter (CLI) course, Interpret Europe has started a cooperation with Past Pleasures, the world’s oldest and biggest freelance contractor providing live, costumed, historical interpretation to heritage sites across the globe. 2017 sees the company celebrating 30 years working in the delivery of costumed, historical interpretation, for example in the Tower of London.

The first CLI pilot course will follow IE’s CIG (Certified Interpretive Guide) format including three days of study, then a break for home study, followed by two further days including assessment. The course will take place in the UK from 1-3 September 2017 (Part 1) and from 6-7 September 2017 (Part 2). Enrollment fee is €500 (plus €30 IE membership fee for those who aren’t yet members). Please note: fee is for tuition only and does not include travel, accommodation or subsistence.

To book your place, contact mark.wallis@pastpleasures.co.uk

Kate Howard is Creative Director of Past Pleasures Ltd – the UK’s largest freelance provider of professional, live, costumed historical interpretation. Kate oversees the daily work of the company at the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace. Her role means she is frequently the initiator of live interpretation projects, as well as working in costume since the 1980s. Recent projects include: provision of seventeenth century schoolmasters at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom in Stratford upon Avon; Pocahontas 400 for Gravesham Borough Council (both education sessions and a family event); and first person training at Beamish Museum, among many others.

Mark Wallis founded Past Pleasures Ltd in 1987 and remains the Managing Director. Past Pleasures holds Europe’s largest contract for daily costumed interpretation (with Historic Royal Palaces). The company works across the UK, while Mark travels further afield, advising museums and heritage sites around the world on the deployment of Live Interpretation.

To cite this article:
Kate Howard, Mark Wallis (2017) ‘Join our first IE pilot course on live interpretation’. In Interpret Europe Newsletter 1-2017, 13

Available online:
https://www.interpret-europe.net/fileadmin/Documents/publications/Newsletters/ie-newsletter_2017-1_spring.pdf

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