heritage management

Welcome to Marion Blockley - Heritage Management

Marion Blockley is an Archaeologist, Interpretive Planner and Heritage Consultant with more than 30 years experience, who has advised on local, national and international heritage strategies. She has a particular interest in community consultation and capacity development, and has been involved in training for more than 25 years, from life-long learning groups and primary schools up to postgraduate and in-service professionals throughout the UK and internationally. She can provide a full interpretive planning and implementation service from site audits, concept development, interpretive theme development, and media selection to delivery through creative partnerships with landscape architects, designers, illustrators and community artists.

Recent News

Study Visits to Sweden

Marion was the recipient of the Group for Education in Museums Bursary 2012 to carry out a study visit to Sweden to look at examples of best practice in heritage education and interpretation. She visited Skansen Open Air Museum, The Vasa, the royal burial mounds at Gamla Uppsala and the Gustavianum Uppsala as well as various museums across Stockholm.

In 2011 she was selected to travel with a group of women entrepreneurs from the West Midlands to visit and exchange expertise with their counterparts in the Vastra Gotaland, the West Midlands of Sweden. Highlights included visits to the remarkable Gota Canal, the fortress at Karlsborg and Rorstrand Europe’s second oldest Porcelain Factory, now a vibrant centre for creative businesses, designers and education.

Media appearances 2012

Marion appeared with Dan Snow on the BBC2 show on the Staffordshire Hoard. She was also the interviewee on the Radio Four Making History programme about Saxon Tamworth and a studio guest for an episode of Making History discussing the demise of Time team with Tony Robinson and Professor Barry Cunliffe..


Expert adviser to the Heritage Lottery Fund

Director of the Ironbridge Institute and Senior Lecturer in Heritage Management for
the University of Birmingham 1992 – 2000 Link

Founder member (1985) and former council member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists

Former member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites ICOMOS (UK)
World Heritage Sites Committee and Cultural Tourism Committee Link

Joint editor of the English Heritage/Routledge book Heritage Interpretation (2005) Link

Past editor of the magazine Interpretation for the Association of Heritage Interpretation Link

Services we Offer

Conservation Management Plans

Archaeological Desk Based Assessments

Historical Research

Site and Area Management Plans

Interpretive planning and implementation

Audience Development, Activity and Access Plans

Feasibility Studies

Copywriting, design, print production and design project management

Community Consultation and Capacity Development

Project Management and bid preparation

Education and Training Plans