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Stories of the World reverberate around Britain for 2012

From Brighton to Edinburgh, museums across Britain are preparing to welcome more than two and a half million visitors to Stories of the World projects, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

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100 years of major acquisitions

In the centenary year of the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, thirty three items worth £15.7m have been saved for the nation, announced today in its annual report. Since 1910, the scheme has brought land, buildings and pre-eminent works of art into public ownership for the enjoyment and inspiration of all.

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Public's wishes revealed

Public libraries really do hold a special place in the nation's heart, according to a major new research study published today by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

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New bank of online resources for libraries, museums and archives

New online resources have been licensed by The Digital Library Licensing Service (DLLS) for English public libraries and local authority museums and archives to help build their collections and offer improved information to the public.

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Commitment to new Renaissance welcomed

The MLA welcomes Ed Vaizey’s support for Renaissance and its future plan. Speaking at the Museum Association conference, he also emphasised the importance of sharing - collections, expertise and audiences - and of exploring ways to work together both across the museums sector and beyond.

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Driving best practice

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MLA’s best practice case studies are designed to inspire the sector and provide evidence of how museums, libraries and archives actively contribute towards meeting the varied needs of local communities.

Renaissance

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Renaissance is the MLA’s ground-breaking programme to transform England’s regional museums. Central government funding is enabling regional museums across the country to raise their standards and deliver real results in terms of education and regeneration in local communities.

The new People's Record website collects people’s opinions and reactions to the fast approaching London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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A guide to help council leaders and library practitioners act on the latest research into what the public wants from library services, has been published by the MLA.

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Arts Council England announces that it has agreed to take over a number of the functions relating to museums and libraries, following the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).

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From Brighton to Edinburgh, museums across Britain are preparing to welcome more than two and a half million visitors to Stories of the World projects, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

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The new Getting Down To Business publication highlights the many practical and surprising ways in which London’s businesses can profitably work with its museums, libraries and archives.

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Following the announcement by the Secretary of State in July to close the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council by March 2012, the agency today placed all its employees formally ‘At Risk’ of redundancy and started a period of formal consultation.

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Residents, local organisations and businesses take an active role in the modernisation of the new Bentley library

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The creation of oral history recordings and transcripts, a book and a website celebrating Nottingham's Italian community.

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A partnership with the school and the library is engaging young people in designing many aspects of the service.

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A partnership project between the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham (GJM) Her Majesty’s Prison Sudbury, Nottingham Trent University and the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL) is proving to have positive outcomes for all concerned.

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Digitisation of BMAG's Pre-Raphaelite collection has opened up access for interested users worldwide.

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MLA’s Designation Scheme identifies the pre-eminent collections of national and international importance held in England's non-national museums, libraries and archives.

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MLA is widely engaged in promoting and protecting our cultural heritage. This includes servicing export licensing, the acceptance of iconic artefacts in lieu of inhertiance tax and operating the Government Indemnity Scheme.

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MLA develops a national action plan for museums, charting a future based on the museum sector working together on - Supporting Excellence; Promoting Partnerships and Building Capacity

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LGA Group and MLA will work together to support councils, especially where councils want to work together in partnership; by introducing and brokering councils to work together and help them to establish new delivery mechanisms to build economies of scale and sustainable critical mass. The LGA group and MLA would also aim to engage the library professional bodies in this work.

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MLA's Museum Accreditation Scheme sets out nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. There are currently over 1800 museums participating in the Scheme, demonstrating their commitment to managing collections effectively for the enjoyment of all communities.

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