Shaping the Future of HERITAGE INTERPRETERS through Recognition and Professionalization

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Towards a European Heritage Interpretation Curriculum – TEHIC – is a European-wide project that aims at creating a standardised training curriculum for heritage interpreters at higher education levels and related training contents.

Our mission is to contribute to the recognition and professionalization of heritage interpreters, ultimately increasing their employability. To achieve this, we will offer training content online and free of charge using a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) format.

Heritage interpretation is a profession directly related to communicating and raising awareness of heritage and thus transmitting our common European values related to cultural identity: it is based on the special link that it establishes between a heritage resource and its audience by using communication strategies.

"Through interpretation, understanding; through understanding, appreciation; through appreciation, protection" (Tilden, 2006).

Why do we need this project?

Heritage interpreters are often overlooked and their skills are reduced to those of tour or nature guides. Their full recognition as specific professionals means understanding their ethics and responsibility in preserving and sharing our rich heritage, leading to greater awareness, sustainable tourism and a deeper appreciation of our heritage values.

The main reason for this lack of recognition is the absence of a comprehensive university curriculum for heritage interpretation. Although some training programmes exist in Europe, they only provide partial qualifications and fail to meet the needs of students and reduce skills mismatches.

TEHIC has been designed to elevate the standards of the heritage interpreters profession and ensure the recognition it deserves at the European level. Through our higher education training program, we combine academic knowledge with practical expertise to create a well-rounded and high-quality training experience.

About the project

What's TEHIC bringing to the table?

University curriculum

TEHIC will be the first project of its kind developing a university curriculum on heritage interpretation at EU level and linking the academic and professional perspectives.

Case studies

Through case studies, trainees will have the opportunity of learning through real successful experiences and, for the first time, an exchange about the topic between the academic and professional sectors will be possible.

Training system

According to our research and needs analysis, TEHIC training system will be the first one to provide comprehensive higher education training for heritage interpreters professionalisation based on ICT and MOOC.


Who is running this project?

TEHIC partners are very active organisations in the field of Heritage interpretation in Europe. The consortium is made of 7 partners and 5 associated partners.

What to expect from TEHIC?

Heritage interpreters will strengthen their training by linking university and professional practice, resulting in a higher professionalisation and recognition of their work.

The main outcome of the project will be the development of a MOOC on heritage interpretation. In addition, the project will produce the following key results:

Analysis of best practices in heritage interpretation, compiled in a comprehensive Best Practice Manual.

Creation of a training curriculum, modules and learning units dedicated to heritage interpretation.

Raising awareness and understanding of Europe's natural and cultural heritage.

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Starting point
TEHIC -Towards a European Heritage Interpretation Curriculum- is a project funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme with a duration of two and a half years.



Project result: Best Practice Handbook 'Heritage Interpretation: a look from Europe'

This publication offers an introduction to interpretation and its evolution, insights into European training approaches, criteria for evaluating Good Practice in Heritage Interpretation, and a selection of case studies. Visit the Best Practice Handbook Website here.

Project brochure

An overview of TEHIC, its objectives, results and consortium. Download the digital version (PDF) here.


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Project information

Title: Towards a European Heritage Interpretation Curriculum

Programme: Erasmus+

Coordinator: University of Gothenburg

Project number: 2022-1-SE01-KA220-HED-000085564

University of Gothenburg


UGOT’s Departments of Conservation and Historical Studies are training professionals in the heritage field since decades. They coordinate the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies promoting research on heritage formation and have longterm collaborations with actors as the National Heritage Board (RAÄ), building a network of professionals working within the field of cultural interpretation.

Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage


IAPH was created in 1989 by the Andalusian Government in order to support the development of heritage policies, with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view. Since 2006, IAPH has been involved in short, specialized courses on heritage interpretation, in cooperation with the AIP.

Association for the Interpretation of Heritage


AIP is a non-profit association of 238 partners mainly from Spain, but also from other European and Latin American countries founded in 1995 which expertise is related to heritage interpretation and specifically to the communication of cultural and natural heritage, the exchange of information, training and capacity building, and the promotion of good practices in the field of communication with visitors to heritage sites.

Mapa das Ideias


MAPA has built its identity around mediation, creating experiences and projects focused on culture, heritage, citizenship, and new relationships between the public, the arts and knowledge. Mapa has developed numerous projects around Portugal interconnecting heritage management, communication and cultural participation.



OnP has managed many projects funded by European programs, being its main expertise focused on project management, coordination and monitoring/evaluation. OnP has given courses on the management of European funds in the sector of culture and cultural heritage, counting on specialists in the field.

University of Zagreb


UNIZG’s Sub-department of Museology – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offered a Diploma in Museology (1986-2006) which evolved into a MA in Museology and Heritage Management which has been offered since 2006. Subdepartment staff are very active in numerous professional international organisations such as ICOM and ICOMOS, Interpret Europe etc. UNIZG planned and organised a Heritage Interpretation course included in the above-mentioned MA.

Freiburg University of Education


UEF’s Heritage Interpretation Group has specific expertise in applied research in heritage interpretation having carried out numerous projects on culture and nature-based tourism for communities, nature parks, national parks or biosphere reserves and also teaching this subject in several modules, also in English and as a blended learning offer.

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The data we request from you are adequate, relevant and strictly necessary and in no case are you obliged to provide them to us, but their non-communication may affect the purpose of the service or the impossibility of providing it.

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Your data will be kept for the time required for the proper provision of the service offered, as well as to meet the responsibilities that may arise from it and any other legal requirement.

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While processing your data, [Name of the Organization responsible for the project] may share your data with:

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