“Interpretation is an educational activity which aims to reveal meanings and relationships through the use of original objects, by first-hand experience, and by illustrative media, rather than simply to communicate factual information", (Tilden, 1957).
Who are we?
InHerit, is a Grundtvig multilateral project on heritage interpretation. Heritage-interpretation is a form of non-formal learning through proposing significant data about a site to the public. It draws cognitive and emotional relationships between the visitors and what they can discover in a particular place: a reserve, a, historic site, a museum etc. It reveals deeper meanings, relationships and insights via active experience and illustrative media rather than merely passing on facts.
What we do?
Every year millions of people visit natural and cultural heritage sites. This is a great opportunity for informal and non-formal learning. InHerit wants to present heritage interpretation as the ideal tool and approach to make place-based learning more effective, interesting and efficient and wants to present heritage (tangible and intangible, natural as well as built) as the ideal learning space in a ‘learning cities & regions ecology’ for citizens to develop key competences.
InHerit aims to build heritage staff capacity for competence oriented non-formal learning in inspiring contexts that improve the adult learning potential at heritage sites through professional development of managers and educators at these sites. In-service training courses at European and national level shall further their competences to realize the full potential of Heritage Interpretation for non-formal and informal learning.
- a Grundtvig-IST course for site managers and adult educators to facilitate competence oriented learning experiences that reveal the European dimension of heritage to visitors
- course materials in different languages
- an integral validation system
- pilots and recommendations to exploit this course for national contexts
- a strategy for advanced European level training courses
- policy recommendations outlining improved framework conditions for more professional HI thus enhancing learning through Europe's rich and diverse heritage.
Via more professional HI museums and heritage sites can serve as a low-threshold gateway to lifelong learning in non-vocational contexts. People with negative feelings towards education will gradually appreciate learning and overcome stereotypes by broadening their horizon.