Why is interpretation an essential component of good conservation practice?
Effective interpretation reinforces and sustains connections between communities and heritage places, and enhances an understanding of their significance. Heritage interpretation also has more tangible benefits. The process has the potential to assist in place making, wayfinding and establishing an identity for heritage places undergoing change.
Interpretation can take a wide range of forms, from conventional plaques, panels and markers to installations and interactive digital presentations. Structural elements, reclaimed materials, salvaged artefacts and commissioned artworks are other options. Choices are informed by the use of the place, audience expectations, physical constraints and budgets.
Lovell Chen has an established track record in all aspects of site interpretation, from strategic planning to the design and delivery of interpretive displays. Our heritage team is highly experienced in the preparation of interpretation strategies and content, and works closely with our architects and conservation specialists to develop integrated interpretive elements for adaptation schemes.
All our interpretation work is grounded in a shared understanding of the significance of place.
For the implementation of projects, we often collaborate with interpretive specialists for specific aspects. Collaborators can include lighting and sound specialists, installation designers and art consultants.