Historic Interpretation

Explaining Heritage to Visitors through Exhibits

Presenting the history of a site to visitors is an important part of preserving heritage. Only when people understand the significance of the heritage building or historic site will both the future preservation and present enjoyment of the resource be guaranteed.

Stuart Stark has been involved with the interpretation of historic and natural sites for many years. As an exhibit designer, he has researched, designed and supervised the construction of many exhibits, both permanent and temporary.

They can vary from a special exhibit celebrating a significant event, such as a building restoration and reopening, to a series of permanent plaques that lead to a greater understanding of a downtown neighbourhood. Other exhibits lead to a greater appreciation of why a site is important by telling the story of the people that lived or worked there, or how the building or site developed over time, and why those changes are important.

A selection of those exhibit projects is shown here.