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.

This online course comprises 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. 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.

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Portrait of Course Leader Polly Richards

Course Leader
Polly Richards

Polly is an independent interpretation and masterplanning 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.

This was such a good course. I got so much learning from it and it is clear that a lot of thought and preparation has gone into the design and delivery. I really appreciated the expertise and that the V&A have shared so openly. Previous course attendee

Course overview

Each week will focus on a different area of interpretation, using real life case studies. Together we will cover understanding interpretation; audience research and evaluation; interpretation for permanent galleries vs temporary exhibitions; interpretation for families; inclusion and diversity; and digital interpretation.


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Membership Priority Booking opens at 10.00 GMT on Wednesday 31 January. General Booking opens at 10.00 GMT on Monday 12 February.

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Professional development course: The Principles of Interpretation

28 May 2024 - 2 July 2024


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