In September 2014, a great week was spent in the Harz Mountains, northern Germany, where a group of us learned to be Heritage Interpretive Agents for the HeriQ Project. Looking back on that week, full of intense and memorable moments, is a great reminder of how far we’ve come since then.

In the four years since, we have expanded IE’s training programme from one to five courses, increased the number of certified interpretive trainers to 19 (with many more to come in the following weeks) and now have more than 200 certified members across Europe.

We still have a long way to go, but I think we can say, ‘not so bad for just four years!’

Enjoy the following articles written by some of our latest course participants and trainers and we hope to see you on one of our courses soon.

Valya Stergioti is IE’s Training Coordinator and works as a freelance interpretive trainer and planner. She can be contacted at:

To cite this article:
Stergioti, Valya (2018) ‘We’ve come a long way’. In Interpret Europe Newsletter 3-2018, 8.

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