The AHI Award for Excellence in Interpretation
March 25, 2018

The AHI Lifetime Achievement Award 2017

Carl Atkinson

AHI Membership panel member and innovator of interpretation in Wales.

The first lifetime achievement award is for someone who joined the Centre for Environmental Interpretation in Manchester in 1993, making him one of the first cognitive psychologists to enter the interpretation profession. He joined the Countryside Council for Wales in 2001.

He has served as a Trustee for the Association of Heritage Interpretation, chaired the Membership panel and was awarded Full Membership (MAHI) in 2004.

He was instrumental in setting up Dehongli Cymru/ Interpret Wales and has led numerous training courses at Plas Tan y Bwlch, Snowdonia.

Sam Ham says “he is a special brand of enlightened leaders in the interpretation profession, inspired by his love of virtually everything around him and armed with an empirical understanding of the interpretation process that has helped shape a generation of practice.”

In light of his retirement from Natural Resources Wales in 2017, it is a fitting we award an AHI Lifetime Achievement Award to Carl Atkinson.

Michael Glen

The second lifetime achievement award is presented to someone who has been a leading professional interpreter for more than 40 years and continues to be a stalwart of British interpretation.

In 1975 he was one of the founder members of The Society for the Interpretation of British Heritage - as AHI was originally called – and also a founding member of Interpret Europe in 2010. He has taken an active involvement in AHI and was our part-time administrator in the 2000s. He was made an Honorary Fellow in 2008.

As one of the first generation of interpreters in the UK, he has been a constant and consistent advocate for interpretation and its benefits throughout his professional life.

Michael has always sought out new people at events and engaged them in conversation. Many of these conversations had a far-reaching impact on people’s careers. Hospitable, convivial, and with strong views he is happy to share, it is not surprising that he has a worldwide network of friends in the field of interpretation.

It is hugely fitting that we present this AHI Lifetime Achievement Award to someone who has given so much to both AHI and Interpret Europe over many decades, and that he receives it in Inverness, in his beloved Scotland – Michael Glen.

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