1st Edition

A Practical Guide to Costumed Interpretation

By Jackie Lee Copyright 2023
    176 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    A Practical Guide to Costumed Interpretation is just that – a book that takes you through the various stages of becoming an historical costumed interpreter.

    Jackie Lee has worked in this area of heritage interpretation for over twenty years and sets out what it takes to develop the persona for a character from the past. The methods she shares focus on first-person delivery of an historic character. Lee introduces the reader to two new methods she has developed that support character creation and delivery. The "three realms" highlight the importance of research and making the character believable and the "crystal ball" which enables the costumed interpreter to look into the future when the occasion demands it. The book is full of practical help on all aspects of the costumed interpreter’s craft including costume making and how to prepare personally for stepping out full of confidence ready to engage visitors of all ages.

    A Practical Guide to Costumed Interpretation is aimed at those interested in becoming costumed interpreters as well as those who wish to develop or revise their techniques. It will also be useful for students of museum practice and heritage interpretation considering costumed interpretation as a means of on-site delivery.

    Introduction; 1. It’s Not Just Dressing Up; 2. Building Your Character; 3. Who Am I? The Realms; 4. The WOW Factor – The Importance of Costume and Props; 5. Hello Everyone, My Name Is… Techniques for Preparation and Delivery; 6. Working with Different Audiences; 7. Running a Costumed Interpretation Programme; 8. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.


    Jackie Lee is a heritage interpretation consultant specialising in costumed interpretation. She began her professional career as a history teacher, establishing her own business in 2000. Jackie works with museums, galleries, and heritage sites. In 2019 she received the Communication Award from Scottish Women in Business. www.artemisscotland.com.