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Alan Machin: Tourism As Education
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Berlin: Editing a Townscape
... and reading a city that has had many rebuilders
Making Sense of The Travel Learning Experience- 1
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Making Sense of the Travel Learning Experience - 2
Some basic theories
Back to Basics: Presentation given at the Cuba EduTourism Conference
The CETA Conference in Havana, Cuba, 8/9 November 2010
About the author
Comments - CV - photos
At the heart of the tourist experience
Learning through Landscapes
Exploring Oxfordshire (and a bit of Gloucestershire!)
The Environment As Data: Building New Theories For Tourism
How tourists relate to places
Sail Gives Way to Steam
A return visit discovers just how much has been achieved in this iconic restoration
Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth Reenactment
Visits to Leicester and the battlefield event, 2013
Along The Way
Recollections and Reflections of 60+ Years' Learning about the World and its Ways
On the Edge of the New World
Shaping New England
Exploring Holderness in East Yorkshire; October 2012
Past Historic
Graf Zepplin, Spain 1968, OS History, Much Wenlock Olympics, Chatham Dockyard, Hawes Tourism, Colonial Williamsburg,
A Summer of Travelling / Matthew Starr
Three months' backpacking in Africa, Asia and Australia
East Anglia
The Broads, Pensthorpe natural history, Radar Museum, Caister Lifeboat Service and more!
A Richer Earth
Discoveries in the landscape and attractions of Shropshire
Blog Index Page
Blog pages from 2009 listed
From Strip Map to Sat Nav
'Finding the way' aids to exploration
Showcasing the World
How the Tourist Microcosm took centre stage
Doing A Dissertation
Notes to help students preparing their proposals
The Japanese Tsunami Destruction at First Hand
Sarah and Tom Wadsworth saw for themselves
Showcases: Examples
The range and variety of tourism's focal points examined
Jigsaw: Frameworks of Knowledge
The tourist jigsaw puzzle of - knowledge
Books and other works useful in studying tourism as education
Tourism's Educational Origins: Part 2
The development of tourism as education, 1845 -
Tourism's Educational Origins: Part 1
Tourism's educational origins and management
Impressions of Tourism in Cuba
Thoughts on having seen some of the country myself
Captain James Cook: North Yorkshire Days
Tracing the early life of Britain's greatest maritime explorer
Hunting the Hound of the Baskervilles
Tracking down places that inspired the famous detective story and moulded Dartmoor's image
Exploring the Idea of Dark Tourism
What is it? Is it a useful idea?
Talking to Tourists
Visitor interpretation - guide books, visitor centres and other media
Shades of Light and Dark in the Garden of England
An exploration in East Sussex and Kent, June/July 2010
Hunting the Gladiator and the Gecko
A thirteen-year search for a wartime adventure
Steam Up For A Famous Film's Birthday Party
The Railway Children weekend on the Worth Valley line raises questions about heritage presentations
Anne-Marie Rhodes: Making a Difference in South East Asia
Leeds Met graduate of '07 describes her activities
Discoveries in Northumberland, April 2010
Alnwick Gardens; Winter's Gibbet; Holy Island, Cragside, Wallington Hall
Discoveries in the Midlands, March 2010
Bletchley Park National Codes and Cipher Centre; and the Rollright Stones
Alan Machin's Blog - April 2010
The development of tourism as education continued
Jigsaw Puzzle!
The Adventure of the Timely Tourist
Leaders Into The Field
People who inspired everyone to explore
Alan Machin's blogs - February and March 2010
Postings on the history tourism as education - redirection
Alan Machin's Blog - January 2010
Tourist photography and souvenirs
Earlier front-page blog postings - January 2010 onwards
Archived after being on the Home Page
News from higher education and - beyond
The Development of Educational Tourism
Key dates in the development of educational tourism
Alan Machin's Blog - December 2009
Christmas Quiz and other postings
Analysing Heritage Tourism
Ideas and perspectives on a hugely important sector
Alan Machin's Blog - November 2009
Visitors' Views of Stonehenge, West Sussex - and other Postings
Are Universities Losing Their Way?
Reflections having retired
Teaching Tourism At Leeds Met
Remembering the Best
Alan Machin's Blog - October 2009
Thoughts about university life and discovery by travel
Alan Machin's Blog - September 2009
Further postings about a trip last month to the USA, and about higher education
Alan Machin's Blog - August 2009
Postings about a trip this month to the USA
Alan Machin's Blog - July 2009
The Story So Far reaches the summer
Alan Machin's Blog - June 2009
The Story So Far looks back on seventeen years at Leeds Met
Alan Machin's Blog - May 2009
Another month of The Story So Far
Alan Machin's blog - April 2009
Yet more of the Story So Far
Alan Machin's blog - March 2009
More of The Story So Far
Alan Machin's Blog - February 2009
The Story So Far - pioneers, people and places
Alan Machin's Blog: January 2009
The Story So Far .... first postings of '09
Alan Machin's Blog: December 2008
The Story So Far .... latest postings
Alan Machin's Blog - November '08
The Story So Far.... continued
Alan Machin's Blog: October 2008
The Story So Far....
No Place Like Rome
The eternal city with the eternal tourists
Charleston, South Carolina
A photo essay about a fine historic city
Idealog - December 2007
Ideas, notes and comments
Idealog - November 2007
Ideas, notes and comments
The Educational Origins of Tourism
Discussion paper
Idealog - October 2007
Coton Military Cemetery; Education and Tourism; Chatham Maritime; Dickens World; Quiz Answers; Tourist Guides; Mediation In Tourism
Idealog - September 2007
Plane Paradox;Tour Guiding; Where in the World?; Do Tourism Students Know Where They Are?; Leeds Met's Wow!; Sea Harrier; Scarborough and Tourism As Education; Doing A Dissertation; Types of Tourist; A Media Lens; Cost of Travelling Alone; Risk of Bias?
Idealog - August 2007
A People Industry; Heritage Interpretation; Lud's Church; Tourists Go Home!; Stone Gappe YHA; Insight Guides; Eyewitness Guides; Bramhope Tunnel; Elizabethan Progress; Information Quality Matrix
Idealog - July 2007
Hidden Heroes, Health Tourism, Holme Fen Posts; Harrogate (again); Whitby Abbey; Dramatic Interpretation; Harrogate Interpretation, Attractions and Royal Hall
Idealog - June 2007
Christian Pilgrimage; Cincinnati Museums Centre; The Coming of the Guide Book; Talking to Tourists - Media, Stages of the Visit, The Service Journey; Tourism's Missing Link; The Final Call; SATuration level; Halifax's Edwardian Window on the World
Idealog - May 2007
Martin and Osa Johnson, Wensleydale Creamery, Malham Tarn, Thomas Cook, Northern Ireland's Tourism Rebuild, Jamestown Festival Park, Cite des Sciences
Idealog - April 2007
The Promenade Plantee, The Jardin des Plantes, Environmental Data, Victorian Beauty Spot Rediscovered, Jamestown, The Anglers' Country Park, Children's Museums, Fairburn Ings
Idealog - March 2007
A Sense of the Past- The 'Amsterdam', The Outdoor Classroom, Film-Induced Tourism, Making Tracks for the Coast and Country, Pictures, Context and Meaning, Classics-on-Sea, Hi Hi Everyone!, Dark Side of the Dream, Holodyne - The Action Cycle
Idealog - February 2007
Don't Go There!, Space Tourism, The Crystal Cathedral, New Books on Tourism, Dark Tourism - Undercliffe Cemetery, Showcase - The Louvre, A Class Act, First Impressions Count, Postal Pleasures, Canaletto in Venice, Serpent Mound, Capsule Culture etc
Idealog - January 2007
Capsule Culture,Seaside Style, Poble Espanyol, Mallorca, Edgar Dale, Children's Holiday Homes, Representations of Reality, Outdoor Education in Germany, Baedeker Guides, Geography Textbooks, Environmental Data Theory etc
Idealog - December 2006
Writers on Landscape, Story Books, The Deep, Flour Power and the Archers,Showcases: Grand Tour, Halifax Piece Hall, Books of Concern about Tourism, Tourist Traces, Tourist Typologies, The Growth of Educational Tourism, The Field Studies Council, etc
Idealog - November 2006
A blog of ideas, comments and notes
Travel To Understand: Belfast
Telling the stories of troubled times
World Quiz 2010
Geography with a tourism angle
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
An outstanding educational facility in California
Chicago: Tourism Re-Imaging
A closer view of an iconic city
Colonial Williamsburg
A Virginia history showcase
A Social Club Outing By Train, 1935
How to do Scotland in 30 hours flat
Going Dutch
Presenting the past in the Netherlands
Keukenhof: Business is Blooming
Using tourism to promote an industry
A View of Italy for the City
Trentham Gardens Revived
A Case Study in Heritage Management
A curious tale of misleading publicity
Old Rice Farm
The story of the house in the 'holler'
Perfection in Paradise: The Eden Project
New page being added: The Eden Project's design for success
Escaping From Slavery: Facing Our Past
The US National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Prague Tourist Shows
Outstanding showcase attractions in the city
Retracing the Steps: Tourism as Education
ATLAS Conference paper given in Finland, 2000
Tourism and Historic Towns: The Cultural Key
A background paper for a Council of Europe Conference
The Social Helix
Visitor Interpretation as a Tool for Social Development, 1989
Malta Residential, 14-21 Feb 2006 - Page 1
Reports and Pictures
Malta Residential, 14-21 Feb 2006 - Page 2
Photos and reports of Friday 17 Feb onwards
Malta Residential, 14-21 February 2006 - Page 3
Reports and pictures from Sunday, 19 February onwards
Tourism Alumni Reunion, 8 March 2003
Leeds tourism students reunion 2003
World Geography Quiz 1
A test of your knowledge
The Adventure of the Timely Tourist
The answers
Tall Ships Race 2010 Converged on Hartlepool
A major event-based boost for tourism in the town
Plymouth: From the Tamar to the Sea
Starting point for explorations round the globe
Plimoth Plantation
A reconstruction of the Mayflower settlers' village of the 1620s on the north east coast of North America
World Geography Quiz 2010 - Answers
Geography with a tourism angle
World Geography Quiz - Answers
Christmas Quiz 2009 - Answers
A day in the city including the Botanic Garden
Tourist Showcases
Examples from around the world

Prague Tourist Shows

Parague scenes 1

Charles Bridge seen from the tower of St Vitus's Cathedral. The bridge has
become one of the most familiar icons of the city abroad. Being in
easy walking distance of the Little Quarter below the Cathedral, itself
in the setting of Prague Castle, and the Old Quarter, it feels like
the urban centre where visitors and locals can stroll. The statues
along its sides, and the gate towers at each end, give it a strong
sense of time and place. Artists and musicians give it further interest
for the eyes and ears. This is an introductory
showcase for Prague.

Prague scenes 2

Churches are frequent, often imposing landmarks in Prague. Left: the Church of
Our Lady Before Tyn, started in 1365, was the main Hussite Church and symbolised
the reform movement in Bohemia. Right: St Vitus's Cathedral within Prague
Castle was begun 21 years earlier but only completed in the twentieth
century. The positioning and architecture of the two buildings make eloquent
statements about the beliefs and stories of their creators.

Prague tourism 6

One of the monuments inside the Cathedral (left). Part of a glorious
stained glass window by Alfons Mucha (right).

Prague scenes 3

Wenceslas Square comes as a surprise to many, being more like a long, broad
street with central spaces than a 'square', in which traffic and pedestrians
vie for available space. A gathering place for many years, it witnessed the
rally which protested against police brutality in 1989 which in turn heralded
the 'velvet revolution and the fall of communism. Now it has absorbed
the retail culture in large measures. The National Museum dominates the
southern end, a treasure house of collections of natural history, mineralogy,
anthropology, and art. Out in the Square examples of modern art make eye-
catching items, such as this frame formed from old cars, and concrete pillars
into which boots have been cast.

Prague tourism 4

"The Iron Men" (right) in Wenceslas Square are a line of grim figures cast
in iron sections which are bolted together, as if the products of some
monstrous machine. The soldiers on the left march in line away from
changing the guard at the Castle.

Prague tourism 5

The Municipal House is the best Art Nouveau structure in Prague. Built
between 1905 and 1911, it houses the Smetana Concert Hall and spaces for
art displays as well as restaurants and bars. The work of Antonin Balsanek
and Osvald Polivka, it has a huge mosaic above the entrance called Homage
to Prague by Karel Spillar. Alfons Mucha and others contributed to the
building. In 1918 the new,independent, state of Czechoslovakia was declared here.

Prague tourism

Tourist guides competing for customers on Old Town Square, using posters
in English. At busy times a dozen separate groups might be standing,
listening to their guide, or being led across the Square to the next landmark.

Prague tourism 8

A couple of tourists in the Square: where to next?

Prague tourism 9a

In one corner of Old Town Square two blacksmiths set up their mobile
forge and anvil and began hammering out a living through tourism, making
and selling small items. Up at the Castle the guard stood impassive, even
when visitors stood alongside for their photos: or is that the hint of a
smile on the face of the good soldier Svejk?

Prague museums

In the National Technical Museum is one of the best galleries devoted to
photography and film anywhere in Europe - an extensive and high-quality
collection. Paillard-Bolex 16mm cameras such as the one in the middle brought
films of faraway places to film audiences and TV screens. Lantern slides did
the same for an earlier generation.

Prague museums

The Technical Museum is mainly devoted to locomotives, aeroplanes and
road vehicles. The older cars and trucks had right-hand drive. A curator
explained that Czechoslovakia did drive on the left like the UK until the
Germans invaded in 1939. Hitler gave the population one week to switch
over to the right to match the system of the Reich. The story brought
home in a very direct, human way an effect of the invasion. What a pity
that this, technical, display did not tell the story prominently through
interpretive panels or film.

On the right is a poster for a new museum. Interestingly it is headlined
in English, the increasingly-international language of tourism.

Prague Exhibition - Industrial Palace and Fontana

One of the most interesting areas of Prague is Stromovka Park, known during
the communist era as Julius Fucik Park. Leisure tourists don't find their way
here very much, but business tourists might well go to trade exhibitions in the
Industrial Palace. This iron and glass building was put up for the 1891 Jubilee
Exhibition. Behind it is a rare kind of theatre, the open-air Krizikova Fontana.
Platforms make up a set of circular stages at the centre of a large pool of
water. Hundreds of water jets can be used to shoot fountains into the air,
varying their height and patterns in time to music performed live in the
arena. Some shows have dancers performing on the stages, with coloured spots
and floodlights adding to the effect. It is still regularly used.

Prague panorama and globe theatre

Among several unusual attractions in the Park is the Maroldovo
Panorama. During the earlier part of the nineteenth century
panoramas were common features in Europe and North America, most
permanently housed
but a few travelling shows. They used huge paintings to recall
great events. Visitors paid a fee, climbed a flight of steps to
a central platform, and then viewed the static painting hung on the
walls of the circular building in which they stood. This panorama
shows the Battle of Lipan on a 360-degree work which is 90 metres in
circumference. At the bottom edge of the painting, all round
the circle, clever modelling and paint has been used to extend the
foreground towards the viewer, giving a 3D effect often found
in similar displays called dioramas. An understandable prohibition
on taking photographs prevents showing any of it here. A rather poorly
printed leaflet given out with the entrance ticket reproduces the
painting in strips, several of which had been flipped to become back
to front. Only a couple of small examples of panoramas exist in the
UK - one in Portsmouth, the other in Bath.

Next to the panorama is a version of Shakespeare's Globe
Theatre in which plays are performed. Though closed at the time, a
friendly attendant nearby, who shared an interest in digital
cameras, showed how to get inside.

Prague planetarium and music hall

Finally, the tourist showcases in Stromovka include a planetarium
and a music hall, shown here, as well as a circus and funfair.

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