Why would you engage SHP?

If you want to add value to your project, get tourists to stay longer and have deeper experiences then we can help. If you have an idea for a heritage museum or visitor attraction, then we can guide you through the process to make it become a reality.

What is interpretation?

‘Every person has experienced a piece of interpretation or has a piece of interpretation in their home’.

Heritage interpretation communicates the values and significance of natural and cultural heritage places to a range of audiences.


What do we do

We plan, create and implement interpretive experiences for clients and visitors.


Where do we do it

In cities and suburbs, World Heritage and other heritage sites, historic buildings, real estate developments, parks, gardens, marine environments, museums, zoos and aquaria.


How do we do it

Through interpretation plans, Visitor Centres, apps, site-based interpretation, websites, publications, films, exhibitions, signs, heritage trails, sculptures, public art, wikis, playgrounds, multimedia and heritage-themed installations.


Why we're different

SHP is one of the few companies to position heritage interpretation at the forefront of each job, so that the site’s values and significance inform all aspects of the work. Each project is customised to the client’s needs.



International work


SHP has been working internationally since 2011, when Sue Hodges gave a series of lectures and workshops for museums, universities and heritage and NCOs in Slovenia and Croatia. SHP staff have participated in four Victorian government trade missions to India and an Austrade mission to Seoul, Korea, for the 2018 Peong Chang Olympics. This year we will be travelling to Malaysia, India, Taiwan, Korea and Europe.

Current and recent international work includes a Heritage Interpretation Masterplan for the George Town UNESCO World Heritage site in Penang, Malaysia (2013), interior design and an interpretive installation for The Star newspaper group in Penang (opening August 2014) and an Interpretation Centre for the Cheah Kongsi in George Town (opening December 2014).


List of Projects



Former HM Pentridge Prison Heritage Interpretation Masterplan, public realm interpretive design and website
Shayer Group

Interpretation Masterplan for George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site
Think City, Malaysia

Great Ocean Road National Heritage Centre Interpretation Plan – Stage One
Surf Coast Shire

Kiandra Interpretation Plan
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Hume Natural Heritage Interpretation Strategy
City of Hume

Maitland Heritage Interpretation Strategy
City of Maitland

Yarrangobilly Caves Heritage Interpretation Plan
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Chinese Garden of Friendship Interpretation Plan
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Maribyrnong Heritage Interpretation Plan and Design Style Guidelines
City of Maribyrnong

Old Great North Road Interpretation Plan
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

22 Bendigo Street (former Channel Nine Studios) Heritage Interpretation Plan
Lend Lease

Bradmill Factory Heritage Interpretation Strategy

Fremantle Arts Centre Social History Visitor Experience Plan
Fremantle Arts Centre

Aurora Heritage Interpretation Strategy

Old Melbourne Gaol Visitor Experience treatment and concept illustration
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Albany Waterfront Development Heritage Interpretation Plan and concept designs for built interpretation

Kinjarling Trail report
Department of Indigenous Affairs, Albany and LandCorp

Rio Vista Historic House Heritage Interpretation Plan
Mildura Arts Centre

Concept for Nhill Brothers Farm outdoor interpretive landscape, Purrumbete, Victoria
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Officer Heritage Interpretation Plan

Masterplan for the Lindsay Arts Trail
Creswick District Development Association

Theming for Stage One of Melbourne’s Legal Precinct
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Heritage Hill Master Plan
City of Greater Dandenong

Master Plan & Business Plan for Bendigo Night Theatre Tram Experience
Australian Business Theatre



Convict Road iPhone app
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Maitland Gaol audio tours
City of Maitland

‘There’s a War On!’ wiki
Museums & Galleries NSW

Monsignor Hawes Audio Tour
Monsignor Hawes Heritage Incorporated

Multimedia nodes for Rio Vista Historic House
Mildura Arts Centre

The Ice Breaker (film)
Royal Society of Victoria

‘Getting Involved’ (film/DVD) for 2006 Commonwealth Games
City of Stonnington

‘The Water Makers’ (film)
Mildura Arts Centre

Australian Council of National Trusts Endangered Places website content

Reserve Bank of Australia multimedia screens
Mal Padgett Design

Western Treatment Plant
Cunningham Martyn Design for Melbourne Water



‘Alfred Deakin: from journalist to international diplomat’ exhibition
Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus

Content development for ‘Racing Style: 50 years of Fashions on the Field’ exhibition
Racing Victoria

‘Alfred Deakin: Duty and Devotion’ exhibition
Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus

‘Places That Matter’ National Heritage List touring exhibition
National Museum of Australia and Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

‘Stories of the South-West’ touring exhibition concept design
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum

Budj Bim Orientation Centre
Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation

‘There’s a War On!’ touring exhibition
Museums & Galleries NSW

‘Polly Woodside’ exhibition in historic Shed 2, Polly Woodside Heritage Precinct redevelopment – Stage 1
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Hawthorn Tram Museum concept development

‘Australian Prime Ministers Centre’ exhibition
Old Parliament House

Fitzroy Town Hall display
City of Yarra

‘Melbourne 50 years on’ exhibition
Department of Industry, Infrastructure and Regional Development

Display on Professor Neil W Archbold
Deakin University

Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre Interpretation
Mothers Art Productions

Redevelopment of Melbourne’s Chinese Museum
Chinese Museum

‘RACV Centenary Travelling Exhibition’ curatorial work

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Foyer redevelopment

Concept for Portland Maritime Discovery Centre
Glenelg Shire (in collaboration with Mothers Art Productions)

‘From Many Lands’ display
City of Boroondara

‘Shark Tracking’ display and multimedia for Melbourne Aquarium
Melbourne Aquarium

‘Journeys Into Space’
Art Exhibitions Australia





Tip Top Bakery ‘Rye’ Development installation and signage
Little Projects

Maitland Mall concept designs
City of Maitland

Glass screening design
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

Concept development and content for Lehmann’s Farm installation, Aurora

Glass wall design, hallway design, lift lobby design, multimedia installation and brochure development for Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library
Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus

Concept and interpretation plan for Ravenswood Rest Area site, Calder Freeway, Ravenswood, Victoria
VicRoads (in conjunction with Dja Dja Wurrung Native Title Group)

Equity Trustees Level 2 fitout
Equity Trustees

Kooyong Clubhouse interior theming
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club



Mosman Park interpretive signage
City of Mosman Park

Content for Laurel Lodge interpretive signage
City of Greater Dandenong

Footscray Memorial Park interpretive signage and brochure
City of Maribyrnong

Content for Dandenong Laneways interpretive signage
City of Greater Dandenong

Arapiles Big Sky Trail
Horsham Rural City Council

Content for Oakwood Park interpretive signage, Noble Park
City of Greater Dandenong (as subcontractors to Futago)

West Footscray Drill Hall interpretive signage
City of Maribyrnong

Eaglehawk RSL interpretive signage
Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop

Walkerville Foreshore Reserve tourist information board
Robin Crocker & Associates

Kew Police Station and Court House Interpretation Strategy and interpretive signage
City of Boroondara

Tourism information signs for Marysville, Narbethong, Buxton and Taggerty
Murrindindi Shire Council

Marysville and Triangle Heritage Walking Trail
Marysville and Triangle Development Group

Content development for ‘Points of View’ public artwork, Victoria Park, Collingwood
Yarra City Council (as sub-contractors to Futago)

Oakleigh Motel interpretive signage
94 Feet

Ritchie’s Hut and Bluff Hut interpretive signage
Parks Victoria

‘Fry’s Hut’ interpretive signage, Howqua River near Mansfield, Victoria
Parks Victoria

Copywriting for Beechworth Historical Precinct
Mal Padgett Design



Interpretive consulting and training
Slovenia and Croatia

George Town Interpretation Recipe Book
Think City (Malaysian Federal Government)

‘Alfred Deakin: Duty and Devotion’ exhibition education kits
Deakin University, Geelong Waterfront Campus

Victoria Harbour education kits
Lend Lease

‘Heritage in Schools Project’ (2001-06)
Environment ACT

Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre education kit
West Wimmera Shire



Mundaring Weir playground
Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia

The Magic Pudding playground, Lindsay Arts Trail
Creswick District Development Association



Webster Street Heritage Trail
City of Ballarat

Sue Hodges, ‘Hands-on history’ (publication)
Environment ACT

A history of the Victorian Wheat Research Institute
Sue Hodges and Joanna Wills



National Sports Museum label audit
National Sports Museum

Whittlesea Visual Art and Civic History Acquisition Strategy
Whittlesea Council

Thompsons Foundry Drawing Office & Archival Collection Significance Assessment
Thompsons Foundry Drawing Officer Interest Group & Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum

Marrickville Library and History Services Collection Significance Assessment
Marrickville City Council

Flagstaff Hill Significance Assessment
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum

Warrnambool Historical Society Significance Assessment
Warnambool Historical Society

Significance assessment
Koori Resource and Information Centre, Shepparton

Millewa Pioneer Forest & Historical Society Significance Assessment and built heritage assessment
Millewa Pioneer Forest & Historical Society

Significance Assessment of Broadford & District Historical Society collection
Broadford & District Historical Society

Significance Assessment of private collection
Mildura Arts Centre

Glenelg Shire Heritage Assessment
Glenelg Shire

City of Greater Dandenong Heritage Assessment
City of Greater Dandenong

Streetlife Strategic Plan
City of Moonee Valley, City of Maribyrnong



Port of Echuca oral histories
Port of Echuca

The Thomas Dick Collection contextual history
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Sigma heritage inventory and archiving, scoping of history
Sigma Pty Ltd

Heritage inventory and archiving, copywriting
Equity Trustees



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Last updated January 2015. Australian Business Number: 45 097 174 000