The research was conducted for the Heritage Council
at University College Cork under Professor Ursula
Kilkelly of the School of Law. The research team was:
Dr Helen Lynch and Alice Moore, School of
Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science; Dr
Angela O’Connell and Sarah C Field, School of Law.
Furthermore, by improving the
attractiveness of a site, interpretation can lead to
economic benefits for the wider area. Done badly,
it can inaccurately communicate the meanings of
the site and alienate those who visit. It can also
physically damage the historic material if poorly
specified and installed.
Currently, the interpretation of Ireland’s historic
places is dominated by panels. Although very useful,
there is more to interpretation than just the use
of text heavy boards. The primary objective of this
document is to show what other media can be used.
Nonetheless, some guidance on interpretive panels
is provided. Most of the methods shown are durable,
low maintenance and relatively low tech.
This approach emphasises the benefits of
empowering communities to enhance the places where they live, work and socialise, in both rural
and urban Ireland.The document sets out six clear proposals aimed at empowering communities to manage and benefit from their local heritage.