Iâ€™ve recently subscribed to the MLA News e-mail list, on which the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council of the UK pushes out a newsletter once or twice a month. Itâ€™s a very interesting view into the UK LAM community, and attendant political developments. The latest installment features an entry (online here) on planning for a Museum Centre for British History, and to my big surprise, I found out that under that heading, you wonâ€™t find the details for a massive new building project.
The MLA has consulted a range of leading experts, and has recommended the idea of a federated organisation that could draw on the collections in museums, libraries, archives and heritage sites across the UK to capture the story of Britain. The proposed centre would co-ordinate research and scholarship, plan thematic programmes, and schedule shows and events in places across the country.
Roy Clare, the MLA Chief Executive, is quoted as saying:
The Museum Centre for British History would be a national federated organisation (including museums, universities, scholars, research institutions etc), supported by a very small staff working in existing premises, that would pull together research, planning and programming around the theme of Britainâ€™s story.
Pulling together the strands of British History from within existing libraries, archives and museums provides a unique proof-of-concept for how these entities can collaborate to tell this story. I am looking watching this new Centre take shape, and the lessons for substantive collaboration.Related posts: