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Interpretation at heritage sites: Culloden Battlefield, UK

Urquhart, Ellis



Alan Fyall

Brian Garrod

Stephen Wanhill


This chapter presents a case study that explores heritage interpretation within the context of Culloden Battlefield, UK. The case will initially consider the challenges and issues inherent to the interpretation of sensitive heritage before exploring the interpretative practices at Culloden itself. Culloden Battlefield is a five-star visitor attraction, managed by the National Trust for Scotland. It shares the story of the final Jacobite Rising and battle which took place in 1746. The interpretative approach adopted at Culloden aims to present an interactive, stimulating and sensitive experience. This included not only showcasing authentic objects but also providing a fully immersive experience to help visitors relate to this undoubtedly difficult period of Scottish history. A common theme to the interpretation at Culloden is immersion. While Culloden features several tools to immerse visitors, they also have invested in tools to aid visitor comprehension and understanding of the historic battle itself.

Acceptance Date Feb 19, 2021
Online Publication Date May 31, 2022
Publication Date 2022-05
Deposit Date Feb 23, 2021
Publisher Routledge
Edition 3rd edn
Book Title Managing Visitor Attractions
Chapter Number 23
ISBN 9780367486198
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