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Inspiring, engaging and connecting

The professional body in Britain and Ireland for those involved in engaging people with natural and cultural heritage

Image: Colinton Tunnel Mural Project.
Winner of the Community Engagement Category, AHI Engaging People Awards 2021. 
© Colinton Tunnel

Interpretation inspires, engages and connects. We promote excellence in the practice and provision of interpretation and to gain wider recognition of interpretation as a professional activity.

We believe that interpretation enriches our lives through engaging emotions, enhancing experiences and deepening understanding of places, people, events and objects from the past and present.

 Join AHI and each year you will receive:

    • regular e-news with industry updates, notice of jobs/contracts and training opportunities,
    • two interpretation journals featuring the latest developments in interpretation,
    • discounts on events and conferences,
    • access to webinars and best practice guidelines in the professional development section of the website,
    • option to advertise in our Supplier Directory.

Latest industry insight and news

Available in full to members

May 31, 2024

AHI Conference 2024

Would you like to speak at this year's conference? Do you have a story to tell? To complement our invited speakers, we’d love to hear about […]
April 22, 2024

Riddel’s Warehouse Project, Belfast

photo credit: Gary Quigg. Following a successful application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Hearth Historic Buildings Trust seek Expressions of Interest from Interpretation Consultants to […]

Museum Explorer AR Experience

Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, Cardiff

AHI Engaging People Awards 2023

Celebrating the best heritage, nature, culture and science experiences in Britain and Ireland


Our Engaging People Awards celebrate projects that tell great stories about places, people and collections, and inspire visitors and local communities to explore and discover more. If you are doing this, and taking positive steps towards diversity and climate sustainability too, then we want to hear about it!

We welcome projects that represent the diversity of people, places and stories from across the UK and Ireland.

Creu Hanes- Making History

St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

Suppliers directory

Find your local supplier

Looking for someone to work on an interpretation project? Our on line directory is a great place to start, listing services supplied by many of our members.

Members can purchase their own business listing.  Download application form.

AHI Events

Professional Development & Training

One Day Events

Join AHI and get discounts on our one-day events, which are a great opportunity to showcase innovative work and develop your skills. Please contact us if you have an idea for an event, or would like to host one.

"The relaxed approach to the event made it highly enjoyable and created a space where open dialogue could occur – there was no fear about asking questions."

Access to Resources

Membership Professional Development Downloads

Professional Development Resource Downloads

Membership entitles you to download our online resources. These include AHI's own best practice guidelines which cover a variety of interpretative practice. Your membership includes all previously published works and any guidelines published during your membership.

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