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Watteau painting under export threat

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on the outstanding painting by Jean-Antoine Watteau, La Surprise. This will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the painting in the United Kingdom.

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Treasures saved for the nation

Masterpieces of British, European and Islamic art and a spectacular crystal specimen from India have come into public ownership during 2010-11 through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme

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The PRISM Fund

The fund for the Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM Fund) 2011-12 is now available for the acquisition and conservation of important objects within the fields of scientific and industrial heritage.

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Public library services for all

The future strength of library services depends upon improvements being made along the way. Consulting on well thought-out plans for re-designed services is preferable to achieving savings by delivering less, cutting book stocks or opening hours.

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Provisional Renaissance budget 2011/12

MLA has released details of funds that have been provisionally allocated through the regional museum Renaissance Programme for the coming financial year, 2011/12.

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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.

MLA responsibilities to transfer on 1 October

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A detailed process designed to enable the transfer of MLA expertise to the Arts Council on 1st October 2011 has been proposed

Collections, library and archive of the Royal Academy of Arts; the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at the English Folk Dance and Song Society; and the entire holdings of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service are the latest collections to join the Scheme.

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Funding to support museums, libraries and archives to run community projects that will generate materials for The People’s Record is now available.

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Bolton will maintain full Accredited Status after the Committee meet to consider planned sales to provide funds to make collections more accessible to the public.

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Consultation on a new online application system for export licensing opens to the art, antiques and export shipping trade sector in a round table session on 25 July.

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Statement on key museums and libraries appointments to the Arts Council’s new integrated structure from 1 October 2011.

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Booktrust announce Julia Donaldson, author of the multi-million selling children’s book The Gruffalo, is the new Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate, taking over from outgoing Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne.

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An award winning project which trained 92 staff and volunteers from 55 museums in the Southwest in conservation for photographic collections.

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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 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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SROI is a complex and revealing methodology which avoids the imprecision of qualitative and blandness of quantitative evaluation.

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One of the projects at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

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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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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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