Interpret Wales Magazine

Our regular magazines are packed with news and information.

They contain articles about the latest interpretation projects in Wales as well as hints, advice and more.

Back copies of the magazine can be found below.


Interpret Wales Magazine Back Copies

Issue 23

The Spring 2017 /Issue 23 of Interpret Wales includes articles by Dr Mark Lewis on Caerleon's Legendary Legionary Legacy, by Rebecca Evans on Pembrokeshire - Land of Legends and Erin Lloyd Jones on Rhuddlan Castle - the site that reshaped medieval Wales. An article by Ruth Taylor Davies looks at pioneering interpretation in the Valleys using photo opportunities and Alyson Tippings writes about The Tyleri Trails project remembering local folktales.

Issue 22

Issue 22 Spring 2016

Exiles and explorers, hippies, adventurers, asylum seekers, economic migrants and refugees have all found sanctuary in Wales. Issue 22 focuses on Welsh projects involving the movement of people across continents and oceans.  Stephanie Roberts looks back at the ‘Then & Now’ art project, held in Newport during Welsh Refugee Week 2015. Stuart Evans writes about ‘Towards the West’, a nostalgic exhibition at Ceredigion Museum remembering the ‘hippy invasion of mid Wales’ in the 1970s. Suzanna Jones introduces the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s award winning App - Walking With Romans.  Dr Rita Singer shows how refugees from mainland Europe, escaping war and political persecution, form a significant presence among the exhibited artists and writers in the touring exhibition ‘EuroVisions: Wales through the Eyes of European Visitors, 1750–2015’. Finally, Gianna Moscardo, keynote speaker at Interpret Wales’ 2016 Spring Conference, challenges us to think about how Interpretation can be sustainable.


Issue 21

Issue 21 Spring 2015

In this 40 page bumper issue we look at interpretation and writing; Naomi Jones shares the story of the poet-shepherd Elis Humphrey Evans, better known as Hedd Wyn, and his Snowdownia home, Yr Ysgwrn; Mary-Ann Constance looks at Curious Travellers and their adventures in Romantic - era Wales; Jo Furber writes about the new Dylan Thomas exhibition in Swansea - 'Love the Words', and Dave Penberthy reports on Cadw's Dylan Thomas themed work at the summerhouse in Laugharne Castle; Hollie Aldridge looks at 'Writers in their Landscapes'; Dr Rhianydd Biebach introduces the 'Cartooning the First World War in Wales' project, whilst Peter Strong writes about Gwent Archives' project which remembers 'Gwent in the Great War'; Eleri Twynog Davies introduces the characters bringing Welsh history to life through 'History in Character'; and Sarah Douglas reviews a recent Interpret Wales event 'Panels and other Non Digital Options'.

Issue 20

Issue 20 Spring 2014

This bumper issue showcases projects across Wales receiving support under the European Regional Development Convergence Fund; Dave Penberthy introduces the Heritage Tourism Project and case studies of Denbigh and Conwy Castles; Sarah McCarthy writes about the 'Walking in the Footsteps of Princes' project in north Wales; Neil Johnstone and Susanne Skubik Intrilligator showcase projects on Anglesey; Charlotte Barnet writes about the Communities and Nature project; David Llewellyn looks at the Valleys Regional Park and Valleys' artist Becky Adams writes about using art to interpret the town of Tredegar; a case study of interpretation along the Valleys Cycle Network is provided by Ryland Jones; Valleys Community Tourism Ambassador Jean Round writes about the 'passion-filled tourist destination' that is the Valleys; Quentin Grimley looks at an 870 mile interpretation project along the Wales Coast Path; and Ken Rees showcases a school project in Whitland celebrating the town's famous King - Hywel Dda.  

Issue 19

Spring 2013 Issue 19 Spring 2013

Issue 19 includes articles by Dan Boys on the development of audio trails and Rhodri Clark on the growth of the QR project HistoryPoints. Mari Gordon looks at bilingualism and responsibilities following the new Welsh Language Measure of 2011. Mari Grug introduces Digido, a project opening up the resources of the NLW to encourage business creativity within the convergence areas of Wales. Claire Dovey Evans reports on Interpret Wales’ Cast Iron Interpretation event in Merthyr Tydfil.

Issue 18

Issue 18 Autumn 2012

In Issue 18 Dave Penberthy, Cadw’s Head of Interpretation writes about progress implementing the pan-Wales strategy. A project focusing on the limestone industrial heritage of the Black Mountain is described in detail by Duncan Schlee. Carl Atkinson shows how Countryside Council Wales used a small space to interpret a big mountain - Cadair Idris. Sarah Greenhalgh writes about Bling, a project helping to tackle poverty where young people learn through culture and creativity.

Issue 17

Issue 17 Spring 2012

In this issue, Jill Simpson and Rebecca Evans demonstrate how to tackled the problem of telling stories an unstaffed site in Pembrokeshire. We take a trip down memory lane with Maggie Knight in a Young Roots project at the Marina Ballroom on Penarth Pier. HLF’s Development Manager, Liz Girling, looks at funding and Dave Penberthy gives an update on the pan-Wales Interpretation project.


Issue 16

Issue 16 Autumn 2011

In this issue we explore the power of play in interpretation. Contributions include articles from Techniquest as they celebrate 25 years of learning through play; how ‘touchpods’ are bringing people closer to the world of microscopic plants in Liverpool ; Paul Davies’s thoughts on the potential of gaming technology; how the National Museums of Wales are ‘working at play’ and an interesting take on labeling from Ceredigion Museum Service, as well as a review of our New Media event.

Issue 15

Issue 15 Spring 2011

This issue featured how the Australian government have included interpretation as a strategic priority for tourism development; the Brecon Beacons Ambassador Scheme; how to get mapping for free from OS opendata; the use of ‘live’ interpretation at Chirk Castle; and the story of Swansea Community Boat and how it will be telling the story of Swansea’s riverside heritage.

Issue 14

Issue 14 Autumn 2010

This issue took the theme of access in interpretation and included articles on the work of the Dog Rose Trust; using MP3’s to bring the forest experience to a wider audience at Coed Y Brenin; the value of working with local access groups in a visitor centre setting; and highlighted the Jodi awards. It also included an interview with Phil Jayne.

Issue 13

Issue 13 Spring 2010

This issue looked at the Wye Valley including how artists have interpreted it through time as well an article on as how artists are using ceramic to help interpret it today; how the national Botanic Gardens of Wales faced up to the challenge of interpreting Wales’ newest National Nature Reserve; and the interpretation of Ponciau Banks in Wrexham.

Issue 12

Issue 12 Autumn 2009

This issue included a review of the AHI conference held in Cardiff; a heads-up on the ‘Pan Wales interpretation plan’ being driven by Cadw; using drama to reach new audiences; an insight in to the ‘People’s Collection’; and lessons from a Heritage Lottery funded Landscape Partnership project in North East Wales.

Issue 11

Issue 11 Spring 2009

This issue looked at the new visitor centre on Mount Snowdon; the use of Manga style animation and geo-rucksacks in interpreting ‘Waterfall Country’; a review of the HERIAN programme in South Wales; and information about the 43rd Smithsonian Folklife Festival at which Wales was the featured nation.

Issue 10

Issue 10 Autumn 2008

This issue featured articles from home and abroad including the link between Brunswick ironworks and Westminster Abbey; a view on interpretation in Australia and New Zealand ; Cardiff Castle’s international interpretation; how aboriginal art is influencing one artist’s interpretative work here in Wales; and the story of Welsh interpreters working in the Emirates.


Issue 09

Issue 9 Spring 2008

This issue focussed on bilingual interpretation and included articles on telling the story in a bilingual society; Cadw’s approach to bilingual interpretation; a Scottish perspective on bilingual interpretation by special guest feature writer Michael Glenn; information about the centre for bilingual research (Bangor); and a reminder from the Hywel Dda Centre that in the13th century bilingualism was a Welsh/Latin issue.

Issue 08

Issue 08 Autumn 2007

This issue included articles from Cadw on their multisensory interpretation; one from Brecon Beacons National Park Authority which looked at their Community Interpretation and Walking Toolkit; how to interpret the slave trade at Penrhyn; using mosaic as a means of involving the community in interpretation at Holyhead; and the importance of giving trails interpretative and inspiring names with case studies from Forestry Commission Wales.

Issue 07

Issue 07 Spring 2007

This issue focussed on performance and spectacle in interpretation; exploring the concept of the historical spectacular; the interaction between exhibits and actors at Ceredigion Museum; first person interpretation; and interpretive performance as a medium for engaging local communities in regeneration.

Issue 06

Issue 06 Autumn 2006

This issue looked at ‘active’ interpretation experiences being developed in South Korea; ‘talking’ history projects in Pembrokeshire; the development of ‘Oriel 1’ the National Museums Wales’ gallery which explores what it is to be Welsh; and the exciting multimedia interpretation scheme at Ynyslas which aims to empower its visitors through the use of a computer generated ‘spirit guide’.

Issue 05

Issue 05 Spring 2006

This issue looked at new technologies and their potential impact upon interpretation and articles explored the following: bringing the Llandeilo gospels home using virtual technology; a guide to using AV to aid interpretation; the development of digital storytelling in Caerphilly; and the role of computers in the future of interpretation.

Issue 04

Issue 04 Autumn 2005

This issue focussed on the Gulbenkian award winning interpretation at Big Pit; how the National Trust dealt with the seemingly opposing aims of conservation and access at two of its key sites in Wales; oral history and interpretation; and CCW’s approach to using art in interpreting National Nature Reserves.

Issue 03

Issue 03 Spring 2005

This issue examined the use of film in developing hands-on interpretation at Tavernspite; using art and interpretation to create new audiences in Ceredigion; feedback on the Sam Ham workshops and a user’s guide to employing consultants.

Issue 02

Issue 02 Autumn 2004

This issue included guidance on working with designers; creative interpretation trails at Pen y Fan Country park; and first person interpretation at the Museum of Welsh Life.

Issue 01

Issue 1 Spring 2004

This issue included a keynote article by Prof. Sam Ham on goals, objectives and themes in interpretation; plus articles on involving communities through the arts; writing an interpretation strategy for the Forestry Commission and on interpretation and social inclusion.