Safeguarding Cultural Heritage Sites: The Dynamics of Interpretation and the Contribution of Effective Design

Sterry, Patricia (2008) Safeguarding Cultural Heritage Sites: The Dynamics of Interpretation and the Contribution of Effective Design. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Most cultural heritage sites present their visitors with meaningful interpretation of place and objects on display. Visitors are engaged and a range of objectives fulfilled. For some sites interpretative provision is limited and not so successful, there are degrees of authenticity and guidance which do not provide visitors with a stimulating and enjoyable experience. The challenge is to find ways of engaging visitors not only to the value and significance of a site but also to raise awareness of its vulnerability. This paper will consider how we can effectively transfer the spirit of place to cultural heritage sites using the dynamics of effective interpretation and design (including the use of new technology). Using examples drawn from the UK, including the new Culloden Visitor Centre in Scotland, the discussion centres around the concept that effective interpretation safeguards cultural heritage sites and gives meaning to place, fully engages its visitors and provides a context for ownership, personal experiences and memories.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Sterry, PatriciaUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: heritage places; interpretation; presentation; visitors; visitor centres
Subjects: L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 02. Interpretation
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 02. Tourism management
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 04. Public awareness
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Culloden Visitor Centre in Scotland, UK
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 08:37
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/115

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