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English Regions

Regional Agencies
Shared Planning Framework
Renaissance in the Regions
Other Regional Activities Across MLA
Past Research
Further Information

Regional Agencies

MLA is establishing Regional Agencies (RAs) as strategic bodies responsible for all three domains - museums, archives and libraries - in each of the nine English regions by April 2004.

Shared Planning Framework

The Shared Planning Framework represents a new approach to the way in which MLA and the 9 English Regional Agencies plan and work together. First and foremost a practical document, it establishes an agreed structure of shared priorities and objectives which are held in common between the 10 participants in the planning process. The Framework is underpinned by a strong commitment to flexibility, ensuring that the plans which are delivered meet the needs of the individual organisations which own them.

The Framework sets out four Shared Outcomes. These are: Economy, Communities, Creativity and Learning & Skills. Under these high-level strategic outcomes, we have agreed 9 Programmes which describe the full range of our work. The Programmes are:

  • Access
  • Audience Development
  • Collections
  • e-Society
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Learning
  • Research and Development
  • Standards
  • Workforce Development

In addition, a 10th Programme 'Enabling Infrastructure' refers to the business of running the Regional Agencies and MLA.

The Framework is supported by the Shared Planning Guidance. This document describes in detail each section of a plan, and provides a background to the way in which plans should be assembled and delivered. It also sets out the core principles which underlie the overall process.

Shared Planning Guidance (PDF 750KB)format: pdf v.1.4

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Renaissance in the Regions

Renaissance in the Regions is a project that is the outcome of a Task Force set up in 2000 to look at the state of England's regional museums and galleries. There will be a new, integrated framework for the museums domain based on a network of regional 'hubs' which will be developed to promote excellence and be leaders of regional museum practice.

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Agreement on Museums, Archives and Libraries with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have recently established an Agreement that will set out ways of working and areas of collaboration. Further information will be available shortly.

Read the press release: ‘Landmark Agreement Heralds Closer Cultural Cooperation Between Home Nations’

Agreement on Museums, Archives and Libraries in the UKformat: doc
Supplementary Note on Museums, Archives and Libraries across UKformat: doc
Joint Forum Minutes - 4th December 2003format: doc

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Other Regional Activities Across MLA

All of MLA's programmes have a strong regional dimension and some of our major current projects will have a particular impact on regional activity. Two projects that are investigating the scope of our sector include the Archives Task Force, which will undertake an in-depth review and analysis of the UK's archives, and Mapping International Activity in English Museums, Archives and Libraries, a report that MLA has commissioned to gain a comprehensive picture of the international activity that our sector is engaged in.

Other projects with a regional impact include Inspiring Learning for All, a learning and access framework for museums, archives and libraries; the Registration scheme for Museums and Galleries in the UK, a minimum standards scheme that was introduced in 1988, and the People's Network, a project that has improved the infrastructure of our sector and enabled all public libraries in the UK to connect to the Internet.

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Past Research

MLA has undertaken widespread consultation and research into the regional agenda by developing a number of regional research projects across the museums, archives and libraries domains.

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Further Information

For further information on MLA's regional agenda, please email regions@mla.gov.uk or contact any member of our Regional Team:

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