Holland Park School Library


We deliver, either directly ourselves or in partnership with other government bodies, a range of funded programmes to develop our sector, provide practical support, and help drive improvement and best practice.

The biggest single programme run by the MLA, is Renaissance.  But we are actively involved in, or lead many others, designed to deliver government initiatives particularly in the cultural sector. Ultimately our aim is to ensure that museums, libraries and archives are working well and effectively with other local services, so they deliver maximum impact for the public to help build communities and inspire learning.


Renaissance is the MLA’s ground-breaking programme to transform England’s regional museums. Central government funding is enabling

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The Future Libraries Programme

LGA Group and MLA will work together to support councils, especially where councils want to work together in partnership; by

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Library Action Plan

We believe that for library services to navigate the economic difficulties ahead, and become as relevant for modern customers as

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2012 Programme

The MLA wants the Cultural Olympiad to transform the way people experience museums, libraries and archives.

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Archives in action

The National Archives and the Museums Libraries & Archives Council (MLA) held a series of workshops for culture and archives

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Books to children

These projects aim to develop sustainable links between library services and primary schools in England with a focus on improving

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Our sector has an important role to play in using digital technologies to deliver improved access to, information on, and

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Living places

Living Places is an alliance of public bodies, led by the MLA, aiming to ensure everyone should benefit from culture, regardless

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Strategic Commissioning

Strategic Commissioning is a project jointly funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for

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Their Past Your Future

Their Past Your Future 2 is the second phase of the hugely successful Their Past Your Future Programme

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Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is the largest community archaeology project this country has ever seen.

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Museums at Night

Museums at Night is a national campaign to showcase the unique and vibrant museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and

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Hub museums engaging communities

'Capturing Outcomes of Community Engagement Activities at Hub Museums', published by the MLA and ERS, reveals good examples of hub museums working to attract more diverse audiences as well as involve visitors in shaping their services.  Continue reading

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  • developing policy

    The MLA plays an active role in the development of national and regional policy, helping ensure museums,libraries and archives make an effective contribution to the delivery of public priorities

  • funding and support

    The MLA supports the sector in a variety of ways, ranging from financial grants for improvement and other projects, through to consultancy advice and published toolkits.

  • strategic planning

    The MLA works in partnership with government, agencies, key organisations and local government to devise national strategies to bring about the long-term development of the country's museums, libraries and archives


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