Aimed at giving museum professionals a grounding in interpretation best practice


Heritage Interpretation was developed in 2017 by Sarah Oswald (the Authentic Spark) in a partnership between GEM and AHI. The online course brings together heritage learning and interpretation professionals to share practice, ideas and approaches, and work through the challenges we mutually face.

This course is closed for enrollment.

Who is it for?


This course is aimed at professionals with responsibility for planning, delivering or managing learning programmes or interpretation across the heritage sector. It is flexible to the individual needs of the participant, supporting those already involved in interpretation and looking for ways to improve or build upon their practice, and providing essential skills and knowledge for those new to the field.

When and where is it?


Thursdays, 20th June - 25th July 2024 (10 am – 12 pm), Zoom

Find out more

This virtual course will take place over 6-weeks and will be run online through a series of virtual lectures, ‘at home’ activities, and a participatory discussion forum. Participants are highly encouraged to take part in the live lectures, but there will also be a possibility to engage with the recorded sessions afterwards.

The course will be a mix of discussion and sharing of perspectives and experiences, practical working individually and in small online groups and some presentation of theory by the course director.

Participants are encouraged to ensure that they can allocate time between the webinars to undertake the ‘at home’ activities.


Who runs the course?

The course director is Sarah Oswald. Sarah is a creative coach with over 20 years’ experience in heritage interpretation, which she shares as the course director for Heritage Interpretation. She has worked in consultancy, on projects large and small, and in community heritage and loves to use that experience to help coach, mentor and train others in the sector.