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Invitation to participate in 2nd conference of UK Literary Heritage Working Group – 30th April 2012

by on February 17, 2012

Dear MLAG Colleagues,

I have recently been invited (in my capacity as Chair of MLAG) by the Secretary of the Working Group on UK Literary Heritage, Helen Melody, to participate in a panel discussion with archivists and curators from across the heritage sector, which will be taking place at a forthcoming conference that the Working Group is organising at the British Library on 30th April 2012.

This conference follows on from one that took place in 2006 on the theme of collecting modern literary archives, which included discussion of the concerns about the “loss” of British archives abroad, and the perspectives of institutions, dealers and creators of archives. The aim of this second conference is to consider the situation for archival institutions, archive creators and users given the changing financial and political climate since 2006.

Unfortunately though I am unable to attend this conference as the date clashes with a prior commitment so I am posting this message to ask whether somebody else from MLAG would be willing and able to attend and participate as a MLAG representative instead. If you are interested then please could you contact Helen Melody at as soon as possible as she is hoping to finalise the agenda and list of participants by the end of February.

For information, The Working Group on UK Literary Heritage was established in March 2005 in response to increasing concerns about the dispersal abroad of the archives of British writers, mostly to well-funded U.S. collecting institutions, in a competitive international acquisitions market. The Working Group lobbies for the implementation of tax incentives to benefit living writers wishing to deposit their papers with UK institutions. It also works to raise awareness of the value of literary archives in terms of their research, educational and creative uses and the cultural benefits to be derived from such collections remaining within the UK.



Rupert Williams
MLAG Chair (Head of Library & Archives, Science Museum)

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