CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION (COMBINED OPEN STUDIES) PROGRAMME [CERT HE COS]
Agencies responsible for the management of heritage assets are increasingly seeking to attract new and wider audiences and are giving greater attention to the requirements of education and public engagement. Students will be introduced to the wide range of modes of heritage interpretation that exist - urban and rural trails, locations and vantage points, buildings and settlement remains, information and visitor centres, museums and amenity sites, digital and audio, role play and interactive opportunities..
Study will focus on two or three case studies of ‘heritage interpretation’ at ‘heritage assets’ in a specific area – analysing the ‘stories’ being told, how the public are engaged and whether these narratives and experiences require further development. .
Students are introduced to a surveying methodology that enables them to develop their own heritage interpretative skills:
• considering audiences and their needs
• proposing changes to existing interpretation
The module focuses on a tourism area such as the Lower Wye Valley, Blaenafon World Heritage Site, Western Valleys of Gwent, Taff Valley, but ‘heritage assets’ from a wider area may be included to provide a full type range for study.
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