As we develop value-based heritage interpretation and learning landscapes, we now discuss the importance of interpretive strategies.
An interpretive strategy aims to connect different heritage sites within a city or region in terms of heritage interpretation. It may also refer to one larger protected area (biosphere reserve, historic city centre, …) that includes several sites.
Together with UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, we want to find out what interpretive strategies should look like in the 21st century. Can they create synergies between those involved, and can they complement formal learning? Will they help make heritage more meaningful to people and use interpretation to make people more mindful of our shared future?
If you have your own experiences with interpretive strategies, would like to participate in further development, or would simply like us to keep you up to date, please answer the seven questions online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfT0rilWUXg7Js5Ky6nM5HuFRpzCdYgDZgSkJuJwsGIHcQ-Yg/viewform by the end of October.
You can help us develop recommendations that will be pilot-tested as part of the Learning Landscapes initiative and could influence future interpretive planning in Europe.
For background information you may read the paper, ‘Value-based heritage interpretation in UNESCO learning landscapes’. It is part of the proceedings of the IE conference 2023, ‘Creating learning landscapes through heritage interpretation’ that you can find at www.interpret-europe.net/material.
Thorsten Ludwig, a former IE Managing Director, is an interpretive trainer, planner and consultant based in Germany. Since 1993, he has run Bildungswerk Interpretation as his own company. You can get in touch with him at: [email protected].
To cite this article: Ludwig, Thorsten (2023) ‘Towards 21st century guidelines for the development of interpretive strategies ‘in Interpret Europe Newsletter 3-2023, pg. 8.
Available online: https://interpret-europe.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/PDF-Newsletter-2023_3-autumn.pdf