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The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) is a non-departmental public body in Englandmarker and a registered charity with a remit to promote improvement and innovation in the area of museums, libraries and archives. It has functions that span the UK and it advises the UK government on policy and priorities for these areas in Englandmarker, and receives funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The Chairman is Sir Andrew Motion (lately Poet Laureate) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is Roy Clare CBE.


The MLA was originally established as the Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries in 1931. It was set up following the recommendations of the Final Report of the Royal Commission on National Museums and Galleries, produced in 1929. The Standing Commission was renamed the Museums and Galleries Commission (MGC) in September 1981 and given additional responsibilities. The MGA was a registered charity and incorporated under a Royal Charter on 1 January 1987. In April 2000, the MGA and the Library and Information Commission were combined into Re:source which was later renamed the MLA Council. The MLA is represented in London by MLA London, a separate charity that receives core funding from the MLA.

In 2003 the MLA was a stakeholder in the Framework for the Future report that set out a vision for the future of public libraries in England. In 2008, working with The National Archives, the MLA developed a consultation document on "21st Century Archives". In 2009 the MLA published "Leading Museums" a vision and action plan for museums.

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  1. Museum and Galleries Commission, The National Archives, UK.

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