Interpret Wales (IW) aims to ensure that those who visit locations in Wales will be enthused about our environmental and cultural heritage through interpretive provision of the highest quality. Thus people will be inspired to engage in sustaining heritage in its widest context.
What are we?
Interpret Wales was formally launched at the Association for Heritage Interpretation annual conference at Swansea in September 2001. Prior to the launch Interpret Wales had been known as the Welsh Environmental Interpretation Group (WEIG), an informal grouping of many of the main organisations with interests in environmental and cultural interpretation in Wales. WEIG aimed to function as a network to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas, and to promote good practice in interpretation in Wales. It was also concerned that there was a need to improve training provision for interpreters within the Principality.
IW has now been functioning for 15 years and during that time has produced a regular high quality magazine, and established a database of contacts throughout Wales and beyond.
It also organises a range of events which have included a successful 2 day seminar on thematic interpretation with Prof Sam Ham from the USA, plus events highlighting best practice in interpretation which have included: non-digital media; digital media, the use of mapping in interpretation; the role of performance and spectacle in interpretation; Wales’ approach to bilingual interpretation; the Ministerial launch of the ‘Pan-Wales Interpretation Plan’ which was accompanied by practical sessions on interpretative planning; and workshops by internationally renowned interpreters Zimmerman, Buchholz and Gross.
2016 will see us hosting a conference which will focus on the synergy between interpretation and sustainable tourism, featuring a host of speakers including Prof. Gianna Mocscardo, a renowned Australian academic.
A selection of presentations from past events can be found on our resources page
That the interpretation and heritage industry will be healthy, sustainable and of a high quality in order to support the environmental, social and economic objectives of the National Assembly of Wales, as stated in its document 'A Better Wales'. There will be:
- Effective networking between individuals and organisations working in interpretation in Wales
- Access to examples of good practice
- Training events for interpreters in Wales
- Better resource management in all sectors (public, private and voluntary) offering interpretive provision