GEM: Intermediate courses

GEM Intermediate Course: Heritage Interpretation

Book now for the Heritage Interpretation course taking place in Liverpool, Warwick and London, in partnership with AHI (Association for Heritage Interpretation).


*Frequently Asked Questions - for ALL locations (PDF)*


Freeman Tilden, the “Father of Interpretation” believed that interpretation is an art, but one which can be taught.

If you want to develop your understanding and application of interpretive good practice then this course is for you. We will share the skills of this “art” and explore Tilden’s other principles of interpretation through hands-on learning. You will discover the background and context for interpretive theory and be supported to put it into practice in a meaningful way.

During the course you will have the opportunity to:


The course will combine a one-day workshop with personal work and ongoing peer discussion to give you the most beneficial learning experience possible. This will include:


The one-day workshop will be a mix of discussion and sharing of perspectives/experiences, practical working in pairs and small groups and some presentation of theory by the course director. It will also facilitate the building of a peer group to support you through the follow up activity.

The output from the one-day workshop will be the basis of an interpretive plan which you will complete, using the tools and techniques learnt, and submit as part of the post-workshop activity. By the end of the course you will:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be awarded a certificate of achievement.

The course has been developed in line with the GEM core competencies, which were produced in 2015 through consultation with experts in the sector, and the AHI core competencies, which were produced as part of the InHerit project working across Europe.

The course director is Sarah Oswald. Sarah is director of The Authentic Spark; providing coaching, training, facilitation and interpretive scripting in the heritage sector. She works to help people find their “spark” of creativity.

For more information and to book a place, please download the Frequently Asked Questions pdf and the relevant booking form below.

The course workshop dates are:

(a) Liverpool: Monday 18 September 2017, 10.00-16.30
     Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool

     *Bookings closed*


(b) Warwick: Wednesday 15 November 2017, 10.00-16.30
     British Motor Museum, Warwick
     *Bookings closed*


(c) London: Thursday 8 February 2018, 10.00-16.30  *Fully booked*
     Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, London

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