Education in heritage interpretation is a much-neglected area. In the coming years SHP will address this through a series of innovative training programs with the University of Technology, Sydney. These will be run nationally at UTS and internationally on demand. The course will be taught online with a series of intensive four-day sessions.

SHP also devises and produces educational material for primary and secondary schools including education kits, education programs, worksheets, colouring-in books and interactive games.

Education & Training

Interpretive consulting & training, Slovenia and Croatia

In 2011, representatives from Slovenian-based business and tourism agencies invited Sue Hodges to deliver a series of workshops and lectures on ‘best practice’ interpretation.


Sue spoke to small business owners, tourism agencies and Ljubljana University students about the benefits of interpretation. Sue was also invited to lecture at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.


An interview with Sue was made for Slovenian television, and can be seen via the button below.

George Town Interpretation Recipe Book

George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Client: Think City (Malaysian Federal Government)
Date: 2013

The George Town Interpretation ‘Recipe Book’ was developed as part of SHP’s George Town Heritage Interpretation Masterplan in 2013. The Recipe Book is a user-friendly manual that provides local business owners and community groups with advice on how to develop their own interpretation for George Town within the context of the broader planning recommendations. The intention is for interpretation to be developed consistently across the city, while still allowing individual people and local organisations freedom to express their chosen stories in a way that is meaningful to them. The Recipe Book is a highly accessible guide that can be used by anyone interpreting stories, whether at large self-contained heritage sites, smaller sites, local restaurants or cafes.

A Style Guide accompanies the Recipe Book and includes graphic templates for interpretive media.

Subcontractor: Des_ign99


Sue Hodges, ‘Hands-on history

Australian Capital Territory,
Client: Environment ACT
Date: 2006

Hands-on history is a ‘how to’ manual for school students in Years 2 to 10. The book is based on Environment ACT’s four-year Heritage in Schools project, which Sue Hodges managed and developed. Hands-on History contains a range of imaginative and creative activities for students and is accompanied by a series of lesson plans. The book was a standard history text in all ACT government schools, and some Western Australian Schools, between 2006 and 2010. Hands-on history is about to go into a second print run.

Subcontractor: Michael Birch Publishing


Victoria Harbour Education Kits

Docklands, Victoria
Client: Lend Lease
Date: 2011

Located in Melbourne’s Docklands, Victoria Harbour is a new housing and business development featuring many environmentally sustainable initiatives. The site has a rich Indigenous, social and industrial history and is particularly known for its role as a vital part of the Port of Melbourne.

In 2011 property developer Lend Lease commissioned SHP to develop two education kits for school groups visiting the precinct – one focusing on the history of the area and the other examining sustainable design. Both kits were linked to the Victorian Curriculum, with one covering the Civics and Citizenship and Humanities-History Domains and the other covering the Science Domain.

Both kits were designed as scavenger hunts to encourage students and teachers to explore and discover Victoria Harbour.

Subcontractors (Science Kit):
Sally Stephenson



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