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The National Archives and Arts Council England announce partnership

The National Archives and Arts Council England yesterday announced a new partnership that will benefit archives, museums, libraries and the people who use them.

A shared vision

The signed Memorandum of Understanding below marks the beginning of a new partnership as the two bodies commit to working more closely together, given their common responsibilities and shared vision for increasing access to information and improving services.

Memorandum of understanding between The National Archives and Arts Council England (PDF, 0.12Mb)

Speaking about the new partnership Oliver Morley, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives said: 'Working together we will share knowledge, expertise and create the opportunity for resource. This vital link will enhance collaborative innovation and together we will strive for excellent services and better customer experience now and in the future.'

Combining expertise

Collaboration on areas of mutual interest will result in delivering schemes like Museum and Archives Accreditation; sharing expertise to develop opportunities such as those presented by emerging digital technologies, pooling resources to secure 'at risk' collections and identifying effective ways of working together in the regions.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said: 'As well as showing our knowledge and learning, I hope that by working together we can deliver even better value by making it easier for people across the country to connect with archives, museums and libraries.'

Officials from both bodies will meet regularly to review progress on agreed actions, discuss emerging strategic initiatives and agree shared priorities for the year to come.

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