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Culture secretary Chris Smith has announced the members and terms ...
Culture secretary Chris Smith has announced the members and terms

of reference of a Design Group, to advise on the remit of a new

national body for libraries, museums and archives.

Chris Smith confirmed last month that the government will establish a

new national body for libraries, museums and archives - to be called

the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLAC) - to replace the

Museums and Galleries Commission and the Library and Information

Commission. The new body will advise ministers on key strategic

policy issues, such as using new technology, promoting wider access

and exploiting the educational potential of collections.

The terms of reference of the group are:

'To advise ministers on how the decision to create a new national

body for libraries, museums and archives might best be implemented,

including the functions and responsibilities of the new body, its

relationship to existing institutions in each sector, and the balance

to be struck in its work between sectorally specific and cross-

sectoral issues.'

The group will report back to Chris Smith during March 1999.

The group will be chaired by Paul Wright, head of museums, galleries,

libraries and heritage group at the department for culture, media and

sport. The members of the design group are:

Chris Batt director of leisure services, Croydon LBC

Patrick Conway director of arts, libraries and museums, Durham


Neil Cossons director, National Museum of Science and Industry

Matthew Evans chairman of the Library and Information Commission

Richard Foster director, National Museums and Galleries on

Merseyside and a Commissioner of the Museums and

Galleries Commission

Kathy Gee director, West Midlands Regional Museums Council

Patrick Greene president of the Museums Association; director,

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Loyd Grossman commissioner, Museums and Galleries Commission

James Joll chairman, Museums and Galleries Commission

Brian Lang chief executive of the British Library and member

of the Library and Information Commission

Ross Shimmon chief executive of the Library Association

Sarah Tyacke Keeper of the Public Records and chief executive of

the Public Record Office

Chris Smith said:

'It is important that the new council can speak with authority across

the whole world of libraries, museums and archives. This high-powered

group will help me to ensure that the council starts with a clear

agenda and working arrangements which enable it to make an immediate

impact and inspire widespread respect.'

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