Marion Blockley

Marion Blockley
Vicky Wilford
Role
Committee Member for England, Midlands & East
Marion Blockley first came to Shropshire in 1985. She has worked as an archaeologist, heritage consultant and interpretive planner since 1974. She was Senior Lecturer in Heritage Management at the University of Birmingham and Director of the Ironbridge Institute.

A founder member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists she also served on its council.  She was also a member of the ICOMOS UK World Heritage Sites Committee and Cultural Tourism Committee. She also edited the periodical Interpretation for the Association for Heritage interpretation (formerly SIBH) and was a committee member of that organisation.

She has carried out consultancy for Unesco and Icomos in Burma, Leipzig and Jordan. She has also been invited to speak at a number of international heritage conferences in India, South Africa, USA, Spain, Germany, Jordan and Peru. She has taught heritage management to postgraduates and young professionals in Madrid, Lima, Cusco and Delhi.

Whilst working for Buckinghamshire County Museums she obtained an MA from the Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. In 2012 she received a bursary from the Group for Education in Museums to look at best practice in Swedish Museums. She has published numerous articles and books on community heritage, archaeology, museums and interpretation.

She was also a member of the West Midlands Regional Committee of the National Trust, a current member of the National Trust Historic Environment Panel and chair of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site Steering committee.

She works nationally as a heritage consultant for a number of organisations and has assisted the development of a number of successful local HLF projects including: the Saracen’s Head and Old Grammar School Kings Norton; Grange Court Leominster; Upper Wye Valley AONB; Weoley Castle Monument; Warley Woods Community Trust; Newman Brothers Coffin Fittings Works; Tamworth Castle; Ditherington Flaxmill Maltings; Middleport Pottery, Burslem.