Category Archives: Culture

‘Well, it’s cold up there in Buxton’. First impressions – what do we want to tell foreign visitors about us?.

TellTale is hosting Slovenian interpreter, Janja Sivec. Here, as our guest blogger, she writes about her first impressions of Buxton – and its interpretation. When we think of first impressions, we usually think of people we have met. But this … Continue reading

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‘Hot’ interpretation: why tourists need us to tell the tough tales

It can be hard to understand a country as a visitor.  Some parts of national history, usually the highs and lows, are so well known by the natives that they need no explanation.  These parts of the heritage, arguably the … Continue reading

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Making the most of a training opportunity; 5 more steps towards Santa Cruz

I am still thrilled about the prospect of the “You can’t do that in Museums” Camp in Santa Cruz (see here for the background).  I think it is going to be amazing and great professional development.  My experience as a … Continue reading

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Beyond words: OUT OF THE MARVELLOUS exhibition, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

Some of my very best moments are when the words stop. I am a word nerd. I sometimes feels my whole brain reverberates, resonates with the sound and feel of words. Spoken words, written words, read words, heard words. My … Continue reading

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Why this is one of my all-time favourite interpretation panels

I am a nerd. Not a techie nerd, or a social media nerd, or even a gadget nerd.  I am a panel nerd. I can’t resist them.  I am constantly looking to find, and create, really good ones. Panels are … Continue reading

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Symbols and messages, old and new: Remembrance Sunday at the National Memorial Arboretum

A few weeks ago I was honoured to be a guest at the Remembrance Service at the National Memorial Arboretum. Over the last few years I have come to know the Memorial Arboretum well as a visitor attraction (see here … Continue reading

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Visitor experience is the heart of great interpretation: The Kilkenny Way

We know that ideally our visitors should experience and discover heritage not just be shown or told it.  Good examples of this are few and far between but ‘The Kilkenny Way‘ shows how well it can be done. It is … Continue reading

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