In 1998, the Social Inclusion Unit defined social exclusion as:
‘a shorthand term for what can happen when people or areas suffer from a combination of linked problems such as employment, poor skills, low incomes, poor housing, high crime environments, bad health, poverty, and family breakdown'.
(Bringing Britain together: a national strategy for neighbourhood renewal, Social Exclusion Unit 1998)
MLA North West believes that the region’s museums, libraries and archives have a key role in engaging with socially excluded individuals. We are committed to broadening access to cultural resources and learning for all.
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has produced a toolkit called Access for All, which has been designed to address the social inclusion agenda.
For information on our projects and initiatives relating to social inclusion, please see the links below: