Historical authenticity and interpretive strategy at Hampton Court Palace

Lipscomb, Suzannah (2010) Historical authenticity and interpretive strategy at Hampton Court Palace. The Public Historian, 32 (3). pp. 98-119. ISSN 0272-3433

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To mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession, the Tudor palace at Hampton Court in the UK was re-interpreted by a team of interpreters and curators from Historic Royal Palaces. in this article, one of the lead curators reflects on the process. Creating a new visitor experience raised questions about what it means to be authentic in a historic site, and whether interpreters need to choose between authenticity and visitor engagement. The article considers nineteenth-century answers to the question, some real case-study examples from the 2009 re-interpretation, the interpretative principles that were chosen, and some early indicators of success.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
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Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2012 11:11
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2022 15:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/40446
DOI: 10.1525/tph.2010.32.3.98

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