‘Facts, Fiction and Interpretation’ AHI Conference 2019

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Whose truth and whose interpretation do we chose to tell about our heritage in the age of ‘fake news’ and propaganda?

With a site visit to Bletchley Park the conference explores the theme through papers from academics and practitioners in interpretive practice.

Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance and remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. We are being welcomed to the site on Thursday 10th where volunteer guides will escort us around the iconic Codebreaking huts, Victorian Mansion and grounds, and we will experience new displays and exhibitions.  Our tickets will be valid for a return visit within the year!

The conference opens just after lunchtime on Wednesday 9th October and runs until lunchtime on Friday 11th October with a full programme of speakers.

Download the conference programme here

There will be plenty of time to meet & chat to like-minded colleagues and visit the trade stands.  If you have booked a non-residential ticket be sure to book your seat at the AHI Awards Dinner 2019 on Thursday evening with the AHI Patron, Loyd Grossman, presenting the Awards.

Pre-conference Workshop -  “Content is king” – or is it? - Top Tips for Interpretive Writing

Sharpen your pencils and join us on Wednesday morning for a fast-paced, activity-filled workshop with Steven Richards-Price, the developer of Interpret Europe’s 5-day Certified Interpretive Writing Course and former AHI Chair.

Content is widely regarded in the interpretation world as king, but Steven will question this premise (evidence-based!) and reveal some top tips to get your visitors engaging with your written word. You will tackle a range of carefully-selected interactive activities tried and tested in his full course. This course is for anyone who presents the written word to visitors. Tickets  £60 and early booking recommended as places are limited.



Exhibition zone

If you are interested in a trade stand at the conference or wish to supply conference pack inserts please download an information sheet or contact us at admin@ahi.org.uk.


  • Pre conference workshop
     October 9, 2019 - October 11, 2019
     9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Full conference (residential)
     October 9, 2019 - October 11, 2019
     12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
  • Full conference (non residential)
     October 9, 2019 - October 11, 2019
     12:00 pm - 12:20 pm
  • Day ticket - Wednesday afternoon
     October 9, 2019
     12:00 am - 5:40 pm
  • Day ticket - Friday morning
     October 11, 2019
     8:30 am - 12:20 pm
  • Awards gala dinner
     October 10, 2019
     7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
‘Facts, Fiction and Interpretation’ AHI Conference 2019
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