The main objective of HISA was to enhance the learning experience of seniors beyond 55 years visiting heritage sites, museums and protected areas.
Due to demographic change seniors are becoming increasingly important for many sites. They also play an important role as active citizens and often influence the opinions of others.
Heritage interpretation can support seniors to broaden their horizons of interests, encourage reflection and overcome cliché and stereotypes. Non-formal and informal learning at heritage sites and museums can be enhanced by better addressing the needs of seniors.
The HISA partnership evaluated on-site educational facilities for senior visitors e.g. interpretive media and human interpreters. Partners collected data and feedback in their regions from adult educators and senior learners and shared previously developed good practice. Based on these findings a manual was written and widely disseminated.
HISA project partners
Centro Studi Formazione Orientamento
(registered in Germany)
Red Kite Environment Ltd.
Society of the Friends of the National Museum Kraków
University of Malta, Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture
HISA project results
Handbook for heritage interpreters and interpretation managers
Checklist for interpretation managers on heritage interpretation for senior audiences
Senior learner and stakeholder surveys
Senior learner and stakeholder surveys: results in Germany