Methods and tools for heritage interpretation

Last changed: 10 August 2020

Heritage/nature interpretation is about mediating knowledge and evoking a sense for nature and the cultural landscape.

There are many methods and tools for heritage/nature interpretation. A way to subdivide them is personal and non-personal.  Guiding is the most common form of personal heritage interpretation. Non personal interpretation is for example exhibitions; paths with heritage interpretive panels; and audio guides. There are also static heritage interpretation on the Internet, which can be accessed via computer and telephone.

During 2008 and 2009, SCNI made an overview of what is done within heritage interpretation in Sweden. The report Heritage Interpretation in Sweden (summary of the report in English, pdf) was a part of this work and gives a wide perspective on concepts, history and current activities within Swedish heritage interpretation, with an international outlook. Through interviews and surveys, about 100 heritage guides were asked about their thoughts on goals, interests and challenges in the work as a nature guide. The report reflects a part of everything that is done in order to create and deepen experiences of nature and the cultural landscape. This report was published in an updated version in 2010

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Swedish Centre for Nature Interpretation (SCNI)
Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)