People, Place, Nature & Stories

9-11 October / Glasgow

Join us in Glasgow in October where we’ll explore new approaches to interpreting people, places and nature

Heritage interpretation is all about telling stories of the past, of now and of the future. How do we do this as a diverse group of professionals, working in many fields, and what challenges do we face? AHI conferences are an exciting forum for ideas and projects about communicating and interpreting stories, places, collections and most importantly, people.

Our venue this year is the Glyhill Hotel and Spa close to Glasgow Airport with easy access by road or rail. As well as our programme of inspirational speakers and site visits there will be time for networking and sharing our experiences.

We welcome a diverse assembly of professionals and volunteers who work on a variety of projects with a wide range of communities and audiences.

Get your ticket to be inspired for what comes next in heritage interpretation.

Conference sponsored by The Creative Core


Site visits

Site visits take place on Thursday 10 October. All transport and entry costs are included in the ticket price.

Tall Ship Glenlee

The Tall Ship Glenlee

Experience the stories of the people and places of this iconic ship, built in Glasgow in 1896 and returned to the Clyde in 1993. We'll be enjoying a buffet lunch on the ship.
Riverside Museum

Riverside Museum

Designed by internationally renowned architect, Dame Zaha Hadid. the museum is home to 3,000 objects from the city's world-famous collections.
Burrell Collection

The Burrell Collection

This magnificent collection in its purpose-built home surrounded by beautiful parkland, is ranked amongst the most significant civic museum collections in the UK.
Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

Promoting science and technology through thought-provoking, fun and exciting experiences. The centre sits near a former dock-basin where returning nature is encouraged, studied and explained.

Our Venue

Our venue for this year’s conference is the Glynhill Hotel and Spa, located close to Glasgow Airport. Delegates will have full use of the pool, spa and fitness centre during the conference as part of the ticket price.

Conference prices

Prices quoted are for AHI members. Book before 31st July for 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT. Non-members are very welcome, subject to a small non-member supplement, and can also benefit from the Early Bird discount. Go to ‘Buy tickets’ for full pricing details, including individual day tickets and additional nights B&B at conference rate.


Full residential package includes all conference sessions and site visits, all meals from Wednesday lunch to Friday lunch, refreshments during each day, and one bar drink token for the Conference Dinner on Thursday. Bed & breakfast at the Glynhill Hotel and Spa on Wednesday 9 October and Thursday 10 October includes full use of the hotel spa and gym facilities.


Full non-residential delegate day price. Includes all features of the residential package except bed and breakfast.

Pre-Conference workshop: PIE and TALK

Wednesday, 9 October 9am - 12pm

Dig into participatory interpretation with PIE - Participation. Information. Encouragement. Explore the TALK model for dialogic interpretation – Try Talk Types, Ask Great Questions, Lead with Facilitation Techniques, and Keep on Inspiring. At the end you’ll be inspired to engage your visitors and help them create their own meanings through multi-way interpretation.


As a Canadian heritage interpreter, Dr. Jacquie Gilson has worked for a variety of agencies over 40 years. In 2015 she achieved her Doctor of Social Sciences degree after exploring the concept of “inspiration” in interpretation for her dissertation. She hopes to inspire you to inspire others!

Conference 2024 sponsorship and advertising opportunities

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Do you want to speak at this year's conference?

To complement our invited speakers, we love to hear about activities and ideas that tackle heritage interpretation in a novel way.  We aim to represent a wide range of story-telling contexts and purposes, and there is still time to apply to be a speaker at this year's conference.

Find out more here. Submission deadline 31 May 2024