An interpretation plan is like a map or a musical notation. By reproducing it, everyone involved participates in creating a unique choreography of heritage experiences.
The process of interpretive planning is a useful tool for local communities and heritage institutions. Through it, they will become aware of their peculiarities, but also of the universal values with which their heritage story will find its way to the hearts and minds of their visitors.
Depending on the need, the interpretation plan can be general or detailed. General interpretation plan is more similar to the strategic plan, with a focus on the main messages and media of heritage stories. A detailed interpretation plan is usually part of the project documentation – conceptual or constructional solutions. It elaborates in detail all the messages and media of heritage interpretation.
Interpretive planning is applicable to:
- permanent or occasional exhibitions
- destinations / attractions
- museums and libraries
- ecomuseums and community museums
- UNESCO sites
- national parks and nature parks
- castles and forts
- cultural routes
- thematic trails and routes
- archaeological sites and parks
- ethnoparks and ethnovillages
- gardens, parks and gardens.
Heritage interpretation is an educational activity that aims to discover meaning and relationships using original objects, first-hand experience and illustrative media, and not simply by conveying factual data.
Freeman Tilden (1883 – 1980)
an American writer, the father of heritage interpretation