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Changes at MLA North West
11 June 2008
Following some structural changes within MLA and MLA North West, please note the following:

MLA North West's policy team is relocating to Manchester, to be hosted by Government Office North West. Email addresses remain the same, but new contact telephone numbers for the team from Monday 16 June will be:

Nathan Lee, Head of Policy/ Deputy Chief Executive - 0161 952 4375

Lisa Dale, Policy Advisor - 0161 952 4117

Joanna Oldham, Programmes Manager - 0161 952 4384

The postal address will be:

City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester M1 4BE.

Clare Connor, Chief Executive will be based in Warrington with existing contact details until the end of July 2008.

At the end of July, our Warrington offices will be vacated and administrative/ communications staff will no longer be avaliable. Please therefore direct all enquiries to Nathan Lee in Manchester.

Best practice at heart of new dawn for MLA
04 June 2008
Nine months on from the arrival of chief executive Roy Clare, June 3rd marks a key stage towards the transformation into a restructured and refocused single agency for museums, libraries and archives.

The MLA yesturday set out the details of its significantly re-defined role, and new ways of working nationally and regionally.

The move follows extensive engagement with key players across government and with cultural and other bodies. This has enabled the MLA to confidently set out clear goals that have won broad support.

As a result the MLA has articulated a clear role as the agency responsible for promoting best practice and inspiring innovative, integrated and sustainable museum, library and archive services for all.

The changes set out include: A unified national organisation shaped to engage effectively with local government in the nine English regions; a slimmed down staff structure designed to nurture expertise and joined-up working; the relocation of the majority of its functions away from London; reductions in operating costs, so that more resources are available to support front line improvement; prioritisation on key projects that will deliver the most impact; and unavoidable staff redundancies after thorough consultation and agreement.

Opportunities for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees
06 May 2008
MLA North West and Liverpool John Moores University are setting up an opportunity for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees to work together with museums and archives in and around the Merseyside area. This project is funded through the MLA North West Strategic Commissioning programme.

The project aims to:
- create placements for trainees in our sector's venues
- create learning resources to be piloted by trainees with school children
- highlight to training teachers the value of using museum and archive resources within the curriculum
- encourage trainees to share their experiences and continue to use these resources in their future career.

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MLA North West is the regional strategic agency for museums, libraries and archives in the North West of England. MLA North West exists to champion the museums, libraries and archives sector in the North West in order to raise profile and increase investment – by providing strategic leadership, acting as a powerful advocate, and promoting innovation and change.

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