Interpretive master planning
This chapter introduces the central role of interpretive planning in the development of museum displays. Interpretive master planning can be employed on a number of levels. The chapter discusses the application of interpretive master planning to the museum environment. The plan/strategy document can occasionally stand alone, but is more likely to be supported by a range of other documents, and/or form an element in a forward plan or a feasibility study on the creation or major revamp of a museum. If museums are to be seen as relevant by their governing bodies, and by the communities they serve, they must respond to this. It should mean museums becoming much more outward-looking and responsive to public demands. An interpretation plan is there to support the objectives of a museum service as a whole. The strengths of the collections in most multi-site museum services lie in their size, breadth and diversity.