The Principles of Interpretation

Professional development course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Deepen your understanding of interpretive practice in museums and galleries.This six-week online course will give you the foundations for creating meaningful interpretation, as well as the tools you need to produce your interpretation plan and strategy. Using real life case studies and examples, the course will support you in putting learning into practice in a way that is relevant and engaging for your audiences.

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Portrait of Interpretation Consultant and Course Leader Polly Richards

Interpretation Consultant and Course Leader
Polly Richards

Polly is an independent interpretation and master planning consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the sector. Since going freelance in 2018 she has worked with museums and heritage sites in the UK including the Birmingham Museums Trust, The National Gallery, The National Trust, Royal Museums Greenwich, Salisbury Cathedral, and Science Museum.

Course overview

This course will be delivered online and will be made up of live presentations, panel discussions, exclusive interviews, and group workshop sessions, designed to create an engaging and interactive experience whichever time zone you are joining from. For more information on how this course will be delivered please see our V&A Academy online questions.

Over the course of six weeks participants will gain understanding of a broad range of current thinking and critical approaches to Interpretation and learn new methods of developing an interpretation strategy

Each week will focus on a different areas of interpretation, using real life case studies the course will cover

Understanding Interpretation
Audience Research and Evaluation
Interpretation for permanent galleries vs temporary exhibitions
Interpretation for families
Inclusion and Diversity
Digital Interpretation


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Professional development course: The Principles of Interpretation

22 February 2022 - 29 March 2022


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