The Benefits of Interpretation

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There are many reasons why interpretation and the use of interpretation signs are vital to the success of environmental and heritage sites. Interpretation signs and panels are key to relaying important and interesting information to visitors in an attractive and exciting visual display.

By providing the visitor with the correct type of interpretative sign, it can show the visitor the exact importance of such a cultural and environmental heritage site. These particular types of signs can not only inspire any visitor but it can be used to create a sense of community and individual pride, it shows that people care about their surroundings and places of heritage and interest. 

Making sure interpretive signs are well illustrated and exciting gives the visitor the belief that the heritage site itself is a place of interest and one that they themselves will find exciting and interesting. This will often resort to the visitor returning to this particular place and also referring it to others that they know, which will hopefully create a steady flow of new visitors, making the heritage site have a long and successful future. 

By showing high-quality interpretive signs that are well presented and befitting their surroundings this shows the visitors that the site is well cared for, which in turn will hopefully enforce in each visitor the want to care themselves about the heritage site and in the future other similar places of interest they may visit.

Interpretation signs are not only the ideal way to tell visitors the story behind the heritage site as they can show them in text and illustrations making them exciting to read but this in turn once it has captured the visitor’s attention will hopefully make them stay at the site longer and predominantly spend more money, if not on this visit but by returning to the heritage site again.

Ensuring that the correct type of interpretation sign is used in particular areas is important to get the full benefit from these types of signs, for instance, if the heritage site has a gift shop by placing a sign that may have information regarding certain objects or artefacts that have been recreated and are now selling in the gift shop, is a way of advertising whilst still providing the visitor with useful and relevant information to the heritage site.

In some cases, interpretive signs can be used to show several ways in which a place of interest can be viewed. A nature reserve may not have just one walk but many walks throughout the reserve, ensuring that all these walks are made to be of interest on each sign, and also by ensuring that no matter which walks the visitor decides to take they will learn about other walks at the nature reserve, will hopefully give the visitor a want to return, as they will not have had time in one visit to experience the full potential that the nature reserve has to offer.