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Heritage Interpretation

Interpretive Signage

Wetlands signage

Choose from a range of interrpetive signage designs for both indoors and outdoors and built with a choice of materials.

Evaluations & Planning

State park trails

We can do a full check of your location and provide a report and suggestions on how to best use your space for heritage interpretation.

Training

heritage training

We offer a number of training programmes in Heritage interpretation and also in wayfinding. We are experienced researchers and tutors at university level.

Bay and Park Trails

heritage checks

Choose from a range of services aimed at parks and bay trails – heritage and wayfinding.

UNESCO Sites

UNESCO site

We work with a wide range of locations, venues, company’s and institutions including the likes of UNESCO. Learn more…

City Center’s and Urban Centers

Map of Plymouth centre

If you manage a city center or urban centre – we have the expertise in heritage interpretation. Leanr more….

Museums

Museum in London

Interior locations such as museums where large numbers of users need to navigate and experience can be interesting locations – we provide heritage and history interpretation for museums.

Airports

Airport heritage in Wales

Airports have not really been associated with heritage interpretation in the past but building an experience in airports is now important. Learn more…

Wayfinding and Heritage Interpretation

Wayfinding in the past was seen by many people as being only about how we move and guide people between A and B. Knowledge and understanding of wayfinding though has developed in recent years and it is now seen as being a much more dynamic practice. Wayfinding, for example, pervades the subject areas of sustainability studies, heritage interpretation, Smart City planning, steering behaviour and so on. Furthermore, rather than just getting somewhere quickly, wayfinding is now being understood as a UX (user experience) in that it is about the embodied experience (incorporating the psychological, physiological and the socio-cultural – you can view a great article on this here).

Many places where we seek to create a UX user experience that incorporates heritage are locations in which wayfinding is very important, some examples being:

  • Museums – and the routes that we guide users through, including along a time-dated narrative.
  • Walking and Cycling Trails – where users have a choice of routes or the intention is to direct users along one key route, whilst also trying to provide users with an embodied experience that educates and provides a long lasting memory.
  • Historical Sites – Time-lines can be important in explaining the history of a place and in order to try and give users a chance to really get an embodied feel for the history. Iinterpretive tools such as artifacts, human interpreters (who explain the past and meanings related to the site) and other tools can be used.
  • Urban Spaces – Creating a narrative that is themed and makes sense, as users navigate around an urban space in a city such as Bath, which is a UNESCO world heritage centre.
  • Rural, Countryside Areas and Trails – Outdoor areas can be especially interesting because users often get a kinaesthetic and multi-senses experience that also combines with the natural elements (wind, rain, sun etc) and centrally involves the natural world. The life learning experience in these environments can be often the natural world itself such as the plants, wildlife and other species; or about certain buildings or events that occurred in the space in question. The scope for heritage interpretation in outdoor areas is wide.

Even though I use the word narrative above, in talking about heritage interpretation, interpretation is not specifically about a narrative, but a narrative is often needed. In interpretation design, focus should be on the long lasting impression users walk away with and, to do this, trying to engage them through the use of all senses can be an effective direction to take.