Interpre-Memes, Pt 2

More training tools for interpreters that go beyond a dry text-heavy document. Find the other Intrepre-Memes here. This is one is one of my favourites, even if it comes from the author of “White Man’s Burden”. The next was a recent discovery while reading Tolkien’s Letters. It is, I will admit, written a very OxfordContinue reading “Interpre-Memes, Pt 2”

A Tale of Three Hills and Two Monuments

I want to tell you about the three kopjes in South Africa, each with its own museum on top. (You could visit my 2017 travel blog here if you were so inclined). The Voortrekker Monument atop a tall hill (or kopje) caught my eye because of its colonial and “pioneer” narrative and I wanted toContinue reading “A Tale of Three Hills and Two Monuments”

From word balloons to historic sites: What heritage can learn from graphic historical fiction

Comic books and history are not strangers. Next time you are in your local bookstore, find the (nowadays guaranteed) graphic novel section -stroll past the men in tights and teen manga- and you may find some of these interesting works of historical fiction. As museum and heritage people, there’s a lot we can learn.  1.     Continue reading “From word balloons to historic sites: What heritage can learn from graphic historical fiction”

Two new historical presentations!

We’ve been hard at work this fall and have come up with two new presentations to offer via webinar: CITY OF CHAMPIONS: Stories of Petitions, Protests, and Action in Edmonton’s Past.  Length: 1 hour – 1:30 hours.Recommended audience: 3-30 personsDelivered via: Zoom; Google Meets.From fur traders’ demands to suffragists’ demonstrations, Edmonton has been home toContinue reading “Two new historical presentations!”

Maslow’s Hierarchy in Interpretive Training

The easiest needs to satisfy according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs are the basics. An optimal learning environment needs to be comfortable, safe and have adequate facilities to provide for students’ needs. Washrooms must be not only available, but easily accessible. Rooms need to be reasonably quiet and have adequate heating or air conditioning inContinue reading “Maslow’s Hierarchy in Interpretive Training”

Exhibits with Impact

Coco Chanel advised, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” When it comes to accessories, some is good and more is more. The same can be said about exhibit cases. We often get caught up in our own stories, lost in the jewel boxes of our collections andContinue reading “Exhibits with Impact”

Reblogged: New Zealand Museums

This blog post was originally published as part of Tom’s travel blog in 2019.  From Greymouth to Nelson to Marlborough and its copious wineries, to Wellington and its coffee and so up to Tongariro Nat’l Park. As some of you know, B and I originally hoped to come to NZ for a year and workContinue reading “Reblogged: New Zealand Museums”


Training tools for interpreters that go beyond a dry text-heavy document. This is one I found on facebook and inspired my own creations. My first try was a bit explanatory, but tried to get across one of my fundamental principles of interpretation. My second effort was a bit more in keeping with modern memes. Here’sContinue reading “Interpre-Memes”