Waving the flags for Interpret Europe, conference Pisa

Colourful, diverse, dramatic – this is the start of our Interpret Europe conference in Pisa.

A fanfare to start the conference.

This is Italy, bright, beautiful ..

… and man enough to wear tights, as only men can.

 

This is an  opportunity to get up close to European heritage traditions.

 

I am working hard to make the most of this opportunity.

It is an opportunity to see things differently, hear perspectives of shared history that we have not heard, to see how people’s relationship with the land and their ancestry evolves in different places, over thousands of years.

It is an opportunity to talk,  as Patrick Lehnes did in his opening keynote, thoughtfully and eloquently, about the links between classical Humanism, the Enlightment and, possibly, the roots of European interpretation.  He spoke of Galileo Gallilei “The critical mind from Pisa”, highlighting how he overcame dogma, offering new, profound, world changing ideas that took our planet out of the centre of the universe. He also translated scientific papers into Italian so more people could read them and science could become accessible.  This is all very relevant to our work as heritage interpreters. Siting here in  Pisa, I felt a sense of continunig tradition.

And we have only just begun …

 

 

 

 

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About susancrosstelltale

Great visits to heritage and natural sites do not happen by accident. This blog is about the work that make special sites great places to visit. I hope it will be useful to visitors and host alike. Find out more at me and my blog.
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