Category Archives: Stories

‘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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Harry Potter and the Art of Interpretelling

Obviously film makers know about storytelling.  Their job is to make stories that grip us, absorb us and stay with us. Just like heritage interpreters. So interpreters, especially interpretellers like me who are fascinated by story  as a medium, should … Continue reading

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Do talk in class to find your story.

One of the joys of my work in heritage interpretation is that I often meet people with a compulsion to tell stories. They have a passion for their place that shows in the way they talk. Often they display that … Continue reading

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Three storytelling secrets to improve your heritage interpretation

Interpretelling draws on the ancient art of storytelling to make contemporary heritage communication more effective. Storytelling contains several important lessons for interpreters. Here are three of them. 1. You must have mastery of your content Good storytellers know you must have … Continue reading

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Use stories to get people talking and spread your messages

 Stories are vital to communicators because they are viral. They are contagious: they want to be passed on. That is how we recognize a story. People retell it. Stories get people talking. Putting our content onto stories codes it and … Continue reading

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How to use story to improve your heritage interpretation

Look around, listen, and you will find that story is everywhere – in conversation, in advertising, in business, religion, therapy, arts. Story is all around. It’s dazzling. It is powerful. Story is not simply an enduring tradition, it is at … Continue reading

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