Category Archives: Visitors

The art of interpreting wildlife at RSPB Ynys-hir

The fleeting, changeable and unpredictable nature of wildlife is part of why we love it. It also makes it aggravatingly difficult to interpret. RSPB Ynys-hir rises to the challenge brilliantly Wild things hide, skulk about and don’t show up on demand. … Continue reading

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Last Post at Menin Gate, Ypres

Well, I certainly under-estimated the significance of this event. Spot the heritage professional on a steep learning curve! As soon as I heard that I had a meeting in Brussels, I knew I wanted to extend the trip so that I could … Continue reading

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‘Good’ wildlife, ‘bad’ wildlife?

I have of late become sensitised to bias and subjectivity in interpretation.  That’s not surprising as I have been working at the interpretation of conflict and contested histories. The importance of recognising perspective and prejudice is clear there.  I have found that … Continue reading

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The Museum of Broken Relationships, breaking conventions

In 2011 The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb was awarded the Kenneth Hudson Prize for Most Innovative Museum in Europe. I visited it in December 2013. But is The Museum of Broken Relationships really a museum, I asked myself? I mean, seriously? … Continue reading

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Words, pictures and me at the Archaeological Museum, Zagreb

Kick-ass jewellery and kicked out relationships – two things I will remember from my time with Zagreb museums and their labels. Visiting museums always make me think about what the words in museums are for – one of my favourite … Continue reading

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A job well done: Window on Wild Lindisfarne

They liked it. Visitors really liked it. They walked into the room and said ‘Wow!’ out loud. That was what we had wanted, after all this was Window on Wild Lindisfarne, or WoW for short. Yes, it was a tiny room, … Continue reading

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Why is a heritage interpreter like a comedian?

Does laughter have a role in heritage interpretation?  Would a course in stand-up comedy help me understand what it is? This week I was interviewed as part of a research project into the social psychology of laughter. I was invited … Continue reading

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