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MLA Publications

We publish a large range of publications, including reports, booklets, guides and leaflets, available for download in electronic format either as Word documents or as PDFs (Portable Document Format) for which you can obtain a free Acrobat Reader.

Recent publications

Annual Review 09-10Annual Review 2009-10

The Annual Review is an interactive PDF detailing MLA's work and achievements during the 2009-10 financial year.

Adobe PDF MLA Annual Review 2009-10 (PDF 2MB) 


Opening Up Spaces Opening Up Spaces: bringing new people into museums, libraries and archives by supporting self-organised learning groups

Opening Up Spaces showcases innovative and exciting self-organised learning groups which are using open spaces in museums, libraries and archives across the country. It responds to the call for more spaces for informal adult learning to be made available as set out in the Government White Paper, ‘The Learning Revolution’.

Adobe PDF Opening Up Spaces (PDF 808KB)


Sharper investment for changing times: Getting more out of museums, libraries and archivesSharper investment for changing times

Sharper Investment for Changing Times calls for more creative planning to ensure the public get the most out of the £2bn-plus that national and local government invest in museums, libraries and archives.

Adobe PDF Sharper investment for changing times (PDF 4MB)


AIL Report 08-09Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) report for 2008/09

In 2008/09 AIL ensured that a wider range of wonderful paintings and archives entered the collection of the nation for the enjoyment and pleasure of all.

 

Adobe PDF AIL Report 08-09 (PDF 3MB)


RCEWA Report 08-09 Annual Report of the Reviewing Committee

Following recommendations by the Committee, temporary export bars were placed on 25 cases of cultural significance which came before the Committee between 1 May 2008 and 30 April 2009. Of these, nine items led to purchases and will remain in the United Kingdom.

Adobe PDF Annual Report of the Reviewing Committee (PDF 2MB)


The People's RecordThe People's Record

The People's Record publication is a unique archive of people's opinions about hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Grants are still available to museums, libraries and archives working in partnership with community groups to explore these opinions in more depth.

Adobe PDF The People's Record (PDF 2MB)


MLA pocket guideMLA Pocket Guide

A brief guide to the work the MLA does to enable museums, libraries and archives to provide more and more people with high quality experiences that enrich their lives. Sections include: Who we are, What we do, How we do it and Who to contact.

Adobe PDF MLA Pocket Guide (PDF 560 KB)


Stories of the world Stories of the world

As London prepares to welcome the world in 2012, major museums and libraries across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are preparing to host an unprecedented exploration of our past. Stories of the World, one of the major projects of the four-year London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, is a series of exciting exhibitions that will reconnect museum collections with the people and communities that they came from.

Adobe PDF Stories of the world (PDF 2 Mb)


A Passion for Excellence – One Year OnA Passion for Excellence – One Year On

Since its introduction in 2008 A Passion for Excellence has underpinned a range of activity by MLA and our partners which has supported improvement in museums, libraries and archives in communities across the country. A Passion for Excellence – One Year On sets out the progress that has been made, and details the priorities for improvement support in 2009/10.

Adobe PDF A Passion for Excellence – One Year On (PDF 1.4 MB)


Designated CollectionsDesignated Collections

MLA’s Designation Scheme identifies the pre-eminent collections of national and international importance held in England's non-national museums, libraries and archives, based on their quality and significance. These inspiring collections represent a vital part of our national cultural and artistic heritage.

Adobe PDF Designated Collections (PDF 4 MB)


A standard charge approach Arts, museums and new development - A standard charge approach

High quality, sustainable and well-located arts and museum facilities are an essential component of sustainable communities. Arts Council England and the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) wish to ensure that the needs of arts and museums are taken more fully into account in the planning of new development and in regeneration.

Adobe PDF Arts, museums and new development - A standard charge approach (PDF 530KB)


Safeguarding Guidance Safeguarding Guidance

All adults who come into contact with children in their work have a duty of care to safeguard and promote their welfare.

The aim of this guidance is to support museums, libraries and archives to safeguard the children who use their services.

Adobe PDF Safeguarding Guidance (PDF 376 KB)


Guidance on the management of controversial material in public libraries Guidance on the management of controversial material in public libraries

In November 2007 the Government commissioned the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) to produce guidance for public libraries on the management of controversial material.

Adobe PDF Guidance on the management of controversial material in public libraries (PDF 1.7 MB)


Annual review 2007-8 Annual Review 2007-08

The Annual Review is an illustrated publication detailing MLA's work and achievements in each financial year.

 

Adobe PDF Annual Review 2007-08 (PDF 340 KB)


Public Libraries, Archives and New Development Public Libraries, Archives and New Development - A Standard Charge Approach

MLA has published a standard charge for libraries and archives.

Adobe PDF Public Libraries, Archives and New Development - A Standard Charge Approach (PDF 1.14 MB)


Acceptance in Lieu Report 2007/08 Acceptance in Lieu Report 2007-8

Acquired in 2007-2008: portraits by artists such as Bartel Beham, Batoni, Liotard, Ramsay and Watts, a fragment of a painting by Memling, a great Venetian scene by Carlevarijs and watercolours by Turner, a Gothic mirror from Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill, one of Nelson’s shirts and the chair from his cabin on board HMS Victory, some of the contents of five National Trust houses as well as fine paintings from Kiplin Hall, and a number of important archives.

Adobe PDF Acceptance in Lieu Report 2007-8 (PDF 3MB)


MLA Corporate Plan 2008 to 2011MLA Corporate Plan 2008 to 2011

MLA Corporate Plan 2008 to 2011 sets out our aspirations for the sector and our role in achieving them. It gives an overview of the far-reaching reorganisation designed to enable a ‘new MLA’ to emerge stronger and braver: to win a reputation for effectiveness at a national level; to be strong in the English regions; and to acquire capacities that extend both our national and international relationships.

Adobe PDF MLA Corporate Plan 2008 to 2011 (PDF 102KB)

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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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