02 May 2013
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A seminar on Interpretation and Outreach Best Practices for Megalithic Sites and Monuments will take place from 15-19 July 2013, in Salisbury, Wiltshire hosted by English Heritage. The seminar is endorsed by the ICOMOS Committee on Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (ICIP) and is also sanctioned by ICOMOS Ireland and ICOMOS UKPlease note that participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and subsistence. Meeting rooms and transport during local field trips and site visits will be provided by English Heritage.

Participants in the seminar include experts in the field of interpretation and outreach with extensive experience at Megalithic sites and monuments. The agenda includes:
1) Participant presentations (principally public interpretation and community outreach case studies and examples, what has worked and what has not worked, etc.);
2) Local site tours;
3) Participant breakout sessions on observed and proposed best practices; and
4) Production of breakout session critiques and reports.

Participants are invited to share their knowledge and experience and to work to develop a synthesis of the seminar proceedings to produce a “best practices” document. Following the seminar, a three- to five-member editorial panel will prepare a Best Practices draft document, with references to the ICOMOS Charter principles, to be circulated for comment to the seminar participants. A revised draft will be circulated to the ICIP membership for comment, followed by preparation of the final draft document. The Best Practices document is intended to be a dynamic instrument and major reference in planning and conducting future interdisciplinary training workshops on effective interpretation and outreach strategies and public interpretation program management.

Travel and Accommodation

Participants travel to and stay in Salisbury (rail station has trains to and from London) in Wiltshire. Salisbury accommodation: http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/salisbury/home. For further information: contact John Jameson (ICOMOS ICIP) or Heather Sebire (English Heritage)

Draft Seminar Agenda

 

Day

Time

Location

Activity/Event

Monday, 15 July

 

17.00-18.00

South Wiltshire Museum,Salisbury

Delegates check-in

 

18:00

South Wiltshire Museum,Salisbury

Ice-breaker and agenda review

 

18:30-20.00

South Wiltshire Museum,Salisbury

Welcome Reception, courtesy of S &SW Museum. Presentation by Loraine Knowles,  Director of Stonehenge

Tuesday, 16 July

 

09:00

Sarum College meeting room

Welcoming remarks

 

09:15

 

Participant introductions

 

09:45

 

Participant presentations:

Public interpretation and community outreach case studies and examples (30 minutes each, with 15 minutes each for questions and discussion)

 

13:00

 

Lunch

 

14:00-16:00:

 

Participant presentations continued

 

16:30

Sarum College meeting room

Assemblage/assignment of Participant Focus Groups and Topics; Discussion

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 17 July

 

07.25

Depart by minibus from Salisbury

 

 

 

08.00-

08.45

Stonehenge

Private visit inside the stone circle led by Mark Bowden, Heather Sebire, and others.

 

08.45-09.30

Stonehenge Avenue and Cursus

Visit Stonehenge landscape

 

09.30

Minibus to Avebury

 

 

10.00

Avebury

Morning coffee

 

10.30-12.30

Avebury

Tour of monument and museum

 

12.30-13.30

Avebury

Lunch

 

13.30

Avebury vicinity

Minibus Field trips:

West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill.

 

15.30

Drive to Devizes

Tour Devizes Wiltshire Heritage Museum: Curator David Dawson

 

17.30-19.00

 

Reception at Wiltshire Heritage Museum

Thursday, 18 July

 

09:00-11:00

Sarum College meeting room

Focus Group summary comments and critiques on observed sites and programs

 

11:00-13:00

Location TBC

Public session for community engagement and input

 

 

 

Lunch

 

13:00-17:00

Sarum College meeting room

Participant presentations continued

 

19:00

 

Bronze Age Dinner at Devizes Wiltshire Heritage Museum (TBC)

Friday, 19 July

 

09:00-13:00

Sarum College meeting room

Breakout sessions on “Best Practices in Interpretation and Community Outreach“ -each group prepares a report (PowerPoint or  PDF format)

 

13:00

 

Lunch

 

14:00-1700

 

Presentation of breakout session reports (Can be PowerPoint or PDF; 40 minutes each, with additional 20 minutes each for audience comments, questions, and discussion)

 

Note: For the benefit of the best practices document editorial panel, a Word version of the reports should be given to John Jameson  during, or shortly after, the seminar)

 

17:00-17:15

 

Break

 

17:15-18:00

 

Wrap up and conclusions

 

Discussion of plans for the development of the best practices document

Saturday, 20 July

 

 

 

Travel Day


 

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