Explaining Our World: A Guide to Environmental by Andrew Pierssene

By Andrew Pierssene

This publication bargains a rational and philosophical method of environmental interpretation, the tutorial goal of that's quite proper in an age while specialization has a tendency to distance most folks from direct event of ways the surroundings works. In reviewing the perform of interpretation, the writer emphasises that powerful paintings during this box needs to be finely tuned. The interpreter needs to continuously have in mind the genuine price and importance of the beneficial properties interpreted and the desires of the viewers to whom interpretation is addressed.

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Social explanations and historical backgrounds are implicit in interpreting buildings and land use. We cannot understand stately homes and parkland without appreciating the servant/master pattern of earlier centuries; the power of early kings and nobles to declare certain areas ‘forest’; the dominance of the wealthy landowner who was able to eradicate whole villages in order to enlarge his park; the selfishness of some mill-owners, the philanthropy of others. All these things must be recognised if we are to understand our own past and cope with our own present.

The important thing about the imaginary and rather stylised exchanges opposite is that they relate to the Visitor’s experience on the site, and they deal with questions that may arise naturally. True interpretation is built on an experience, not an abstract concept. Information offered formally and off-site is unlikely to elicit the same interested reaction. BENEFITS OF INTERPRETATION The sceptic may grumble, ‘Why take all this trouble? Does it really matter if Visitors are left puzzled or bored?

4. , The Origins of Museums, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1985. collections by the educated rich began to appear across Europe. In the middle of the sixteenth century the English word ‘cabinet’ was coined—a diminutive of ‘cabin’, meaning a little hut or room, influenced by the Italian gabinetto, meaning a closet or chest of drawers. The new word soon came to mean a small room or a piece of furniture in which to store and display objets d’art et de vertu, interesting bits and pieces. ’4 Such items were known as ‘curiosities’, a word implying ‘things full of interest’ or ‘worth studying’, without the dismissive overtones it has today.

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