Annemarie Pothaar MA BA

Member of EXARC since
E-mail address
annemarie [at]
the Netherlands

Ms drs Annemarie Pothaar (1977) Master of Arts in Heritage Education & Interpretation.

After studying a bachelor degree of Leisure Studies in Rotterdam NL, Annemarie finished her Master of Arts degree (2001) in the UK at Newcastle University and was supervised by Dr. Peter Stone, one of the UKs leading specialists in heritage education.

Since then she has worked for a national park, historical museums, archaeological open-air museums and the Dutch Royal Armouries. She is currently working as a heritage outreach officer for the archaeology services in the new town Almere, as a freelance visitor experience research professional and on the educational and research department of the Zuiderzeemuseum, an open-air museum on fisheries culture in Enkhuizen.

Annemarie is a visitor experience and interpretation developer, specialised in engaging visitors through a variety of interpretive techniques and encouraging learning in informal and formal heritage encounters. She is charmed by the use of live historic costumed interpretation, but makes use of the full possibilities of the interpretive mix, to find the right medium for each situation. She uses the latest insights and methodologies on cultural heritage-, intergenerational- and family learning to develop informal learning solutions. Her motto is engage, relate, reveal from Freeman Tilden.

In her time off, you can find her in museums and heritage sites, performing live historic costumed interpretation and visiting international museums and heritage sites to get new ideas and compare best practices. Continuous professional development is very important to her and Annemarie plays an active role in European partnerships programmes by sharing knowledge and hosting workshops. Currently Annemarie is working towards the Associateship of the Museum Association.