This page will show interpretation produced by Earthwords and by others. There will be references to on-line and printed material about interpretation.

Geoheritage - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128095317

And one sub-page will include illustrations for the chapter on interpetation in the recently published book on Geoheritage, edited by Profs. Emmanuel Reynard and José Brilha, published by Elsevier in 2018, at $150.

The chapter by John Macadam / Earthwords is titled: Geoheritage: getting the message across. What message and to whom?

The chapter mentions terms interpreters use such as ‘themes’ and ‘layering’. These are illustrated on the page for Roche Rock and Tresayes Quarry.

More to come! So please bookmark and come back.

But in the meantime here’s part of the review of the book in ProGEO News 2018.1:

“…The use of geoheritage, the subject of the next section, is of course crucial – if the sites are not being used there is no reason to conserve them. Moreover, it is vital that we explain to the wider public what these uses are. Macadam gives an excellent discussion on the importance of clear communication – keep it simple, use lots of images, and “bust the jargon”. He suggests that parts of his contribution might be provocative, but to me it all just makes good sense.”

I recommend reading books by Freeman Tilden, Sam Ham, Mike Gross and co-workers at University of Wisconsin, and John Veverka. I never met Tilden but I can strongly recommend courses/workshops by the others. Mike Gross and co started my education in interpretation with a school for the National Park Service / Fish & Wildlife Service in Denver, Colorado: I was there with an award from the UK’s Royal Society and British Association, which also took me to National Parks and monuments and museums in the Mid-West, Florida, Washington DC and New York. As for websites, I recommend Scottish Natural Heritage’s (then search for ‘interpretation’) – I co-ran a course for them many years ago, based in Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

If you want a geological guide with an excellent reputation then I can recommend Angus Miller (‘Geowalks’) in Scotland, Aser Hilario Orus (in the Basque Country) and Ilaria Selvaggio (‘Selvaic’) in Piemonte and Val Sesia and that part of the Italian Alps. Eric Robinson used to give amazing building stone walks in London, and other places, but he has retired to Somerset (where, no doubt, he is still inspiring people).