Professional Development

Collated resources to help you develop your training and career as a professional heritage interpreter.

This section currently has information on education courses offering modules on interpretation, best practice guidelines and Interpret Wales back catalogue of newsletters.

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Interpret Wales magazines

Interpret Wales supported the delivery of the highest quality interpretation in Wales between 2001 and 2018 and proudly produced 23 high quality magazines:

May 6, 2020

Issue 08 Autumn 2007

This issue included articles from Cadw on their multisensory interpretation; one from Brecon Beacons National Park Authority which looked at their Community Interpretation and Walking Toolkit; […]
May 6, 2020

Issue 07 Spring 2007

This issue focussed on performance and spectacle in interpretation; exploring the concept of the historical spectacular; the interaction between exhibits and actors at Ceredigion Museum; first […]
June 3, 2019

Issue 6 Autumn 2006

This issue looked at ‘active’ interpretation experiences being developed in South Korea; ‘talking’ history projects in Pembrokeshire; the development of ‘Oriel 1’ the National Museums Wales’ […]
May 28, 2019

Issue 5 Spring 2006

This issue looked at new technologies and their potential impact upon interpretation and articles explored the following: bringing the Llandeilo gospels home using virtual technology; a […]
May 28, 2019

Issue 4, Autumn 2005

This issue focussed on the Gulbenkian award winning interpretation at Big Pit; how the National Trust dealt with the seemingly opposing aims of conservation and access […]
May 28, 2019

Issue 3 Spring 2005

This issue examined the use of film in developing hands-on interpretation at Tavernspite; using art and interpretation to create new audiences in Ceredigion; feedback on the […]
May 28, 2019

Issue 2 Autumn 2004

This issue included guidance on working with designers; creative interpretation trails at Pen y Fan Country park; and first person interpretation at the Museum of Welsh […]
May 28, 2019

Issue 1 Spring 2004

This issue included a keynote article by Prof. Sam Ham on goals, objectives and themes in interpretation; plus articles on involving communities through the arts; writing […]

Interpret Wales was formally launched at the AHI conference at Swansea in September 2001. Prior to the launch it had been known as the Welsh Environmental Interpretation Group, an informal group consisting of the main organisations with interests in environmental and cultural interpretation in Wales.

Interpret Wales functioned for 17 years and produced 23 high quality magazines, delivered over 20 excellent training courses, promoting and connecting interpreters across Wales and encouraging best practice in enhancing visitor experiences at cultural and natural heritage sites in Wales.

The steering group for Interpret Wales ended in 2018 and an informal Wales based sub group of the Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI) has been set up to promote networking opportunities, support best practice and training courses. If you would like to be kept up to date with Welsh interpretation news and events then please contact Lyn and ask to be added to our Wales sub group mailing list.