Principle 1- Access and Understanding
Interpretation and presentation programmes, in whatever form deemed
appropriate and sustainable, should facilitate physical and intellectual
access by the public to cultural heritage sites.
1.1 Effective interpretation and presentation should enhance experience, increase
public respect and understanding, and communicate the importance of the conservation
of cultural heritage sites.
1.2 Interpretation and presentation should encourage individuals and communities
to reflect on their own perceptions of a site and establish a meaningful connection
to it by providing insights — as well as facts. The aim should be to stimulate further
interest and learning.
1.3 Interpretation and presentation programmes should identify and assess their
audiences demographically and culturally. Every effort should be made to communicate
the site’s values and significance to its varied audiences.
1.4 The diversity of language among visitors and associated communities connected
with a heritage site should be reflected in the interpretive infrastructure.
1.5 Interpretation and presentation activities should also be physically accessible
to the public, in all its variety.
1.6 In cases where physical access to a cultural heritage site is restricted due to
conservation concerns, cultural sensitivities, adaptive re-use, or safety issues, interpretation
and presentation should be provided off-site.