Interpretive Writing

Interpretive Writing for Natural and Cultural Heritage



25 – 27 November 2024

Online Training Program

Application Deadline:
30 September 2024




Vacancies for the workshops are limited, so please apply early.


Steven Richards-Price
is a heritage interpreter with many years of practical experience working for natural resources agencies in Wales, UK. In his part-time role with Natural Resources Wales as Visitor Experience Specialist Advisor, he connects people with state-owned forests and national nature reserves. He has been an Interpret Europe Supervisory Committee Member and Training Team member/Trainer, former  Chair of the UK Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI) and Vice-Chair of Interpret Wales. He has been running this course for the past three years, with excellent feedback from participants.

The key to effective word-based Heritage Interpretation is written text that grabs and holds the reader’s attention. During a 3-day online course participants will discover and practice a wide range of techniques to engage visitors and master the techniques of interpretive writing. Participants will work to become a HERITΛGE-accredited Interpretive Writer, after successfully completing, and being assessed on, the exercises and activities.


HERITΛGE provides scholarships to most participants in its training programmes. These scholarships can cover up to 90% of the cost of attendance, depending on the circumstances of the participants and the availability of funding. On average, participants contribute around 300 euros to attend one of our 3-day training workshops.

For details on fees, application procedures, and available scholarships, see the official announcement of the workshop here.

On successfully completing the workshop students will be able to:


    • ● Demonstrate an understanding of tangible and intangible heritage.
    • ● Reveal meanings and relationships of natural and cultural phenomena and the importance of universal values.
    • ● Facilitate first-hand experiences with natural and cultural heritage sites and objects through interpretive writing.
    • ● Demonstrate knowledge of Interpretive Writing Principles.
    • ● Derive strong heritage interpretive themes from sites, objects and factual information.
    • ● Understand the importance of using simple language and edit complex writing into something ordinary visitors can understand.
    • ● Create catchy headings, apply a text hierarchy/layers, and use the 3:30:90 rule for graphic panels and exhibit labels.
    • ● Create behavioural change signs.
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