As already discussed on other occasions, the proliferation of centres of interpretation remained the same rate as the real estate bubble. Had money and the municipalities of small towns – were usually local councils the promoters of the construction of the interpretation centres – aimed at fashion of having such equipment in your Council. The goose that lays the golden eggs died in an attack on the heart with the dramatic decline in European subsidies, and the burst of the housing bubble. The result of this disaster is to observe, here and there, abandoned equipment or almost, and many of which are open make it barely. Of course, there are exceptions and we are proud to see how some still work very well with great effort, but they are at least, that’s the harsh reality. But today we are not going to make firewood from the fallen tree but draw a different scenario. It is to build an interpretation centre, winner, of those who do not die despite the difficulties, because people visitors and children spend well in them, and above all learn new things of the keys. And these centers also survive the effort, work and enormous dedication that many anonymous people give us.
The other day we have this Center abandoned in a privileged place in a big city
The concept of interpretation centre is a modern name that began to apply from the American museology. As you know, the Museology is intended to present to the public a content with clarity, revealing your sense even the apparently unseen. Interpreting is that which is seen and experienced to get to their understanding, the understanding of why. Therefore the process of interpretation must take into account that each object or asset has a reason to exist. We can summarize it by formulating three sentences to explain three meanings that each object or element exposed: to / functional meaning, which answers the question: a/ What for? and How is it used? b / Symbolic meaning, which answers the question: what is the value for me? c / Contextual meaning, that responds to: what situation or scenario is?
All objects that are displayed in an exhibition place, and done correctly, will tell us a story: our origins, evolution and forms of life, identity, beliefs, etc.
It should bear in mind that we are what we are thanks to objects, they are part of our identity as a people. All objects are part of the history and explain that past and present reality. To explain didactically anything should answer many questions to help unravel the information relating to that subject, and it is information that can be understood around the world. On the other hand, we understand as the interpretation centre equipment located in a closed building or open pit that normally does not show the original objects and which aims to reveal the apparent or hidden meaning of what is exposed in its interior and its exterior. For all this statement becomes effective it is necessary to comply with these 10 premises: 1. the Centre should convey information about the elements or acts of everyday life past and present. 2. the objective of an interpretation centre is to educate, Excite, cause or suggest ideas. 3 should take into account to the public, its capacity of understanding and age. 4. do not just report, should lead to the interpretation in the visitors. 5. organize the contents following several guidelines: chronology, importance and level of interaction with visitors, etc. 6. emphasizes what is truly important. Obvious as irrelevant. 7 you must include game elements. 8 it must be built according to the design of the new teaching Museum resources. 9 does the interpretation a global fact and not partial. 10 interprets objects and assets without need to be original.
EVE2The basic work of an interpretation centre is the show the reality either current or past in a didactic way fun, participatory and enjoyable for everyone
An interpretation centre should help to know and understand the heritage, to disseminate that knowledge so that it is respected and can thus be integrated into the identity of each place. It is also true that, in the absence of heritage there are other resources that can be perfectly interpreted, can reconstruct the history or explain a habitat or intangible as the wind. Of everything you can learn if we it is displayed properly. Any place, town or city, with many or few inhabitants, with a territory extensive or limited, with a multitude of economic resources or not, is always provided with heritage (tangible and intangible) likely to be interpreted.
EVE4There is nothing that is not likely to be interpreted
For the design and construction of interpretive centres there is no law, there are basic guidelines that will help define as they must be exactly these facilities at all sites. Good or bad that may be these centers will depend on developers and the capacity of professionals who build them and fit. The objective to become an effective pedagogical tool, will depend on the way in which focus projects since its earliest beginnings, when it is just an idea on paper or even not even that. There has been much improvisation and has counted little with the help of specialists, we can assure you. In many cases there has been fear of having no money to pay to the latter, then it is evident that these so-called savings has been central to the failure. The absence of analysis and planning has been a very common mistake. It is for this reason that we wanted to raise the previous ten commandments on which to base a good approach to the concept of effective interpretation centre. Not to mention, for now, all that has to do with the management it is essential to consider its construction, and which will devote an entry apart soon.
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