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Welcome to the Museum Librarians and Archivists Group (MLAG) formerly the London Museum and Librarians Group (LMLAG)

Bank of England Information Centre, Archive and Museum

Bank of England Information Centre, Archive and Museum

The Bank of England Information Centre joined MLAG in summer 2016.  This is a brief outline of the Bank’s Information Centre, Archive and Museum.  The Information Centre provides a corporate information service including access to books, journals and online resources for the staff working at the Bank. An enquiry desk service is open weekdays from 9:00 to 17:30, and the Centre remains open for staff to use at any time.  Apart from the printed collections and the enquiry service, it is valued as a quiet place to work, with a range of PCs available.

The hard copy collection consists of approximately 30,000 items, including 2000 in the special collection.  The special collection includes books published from the 17th century onwards on a range of Bank and finance related subjects, for example a series of tracts published in the 17th and 18th centuries including A short history of the Bank of England by Michael Godfrey, a Bank Director, published 1695, and A short view of the apparent dangers and mischiefs from the Bank of England published in 1707.

At the moment the catalogue descriptions of the special collection are not externally available but we are considering ways of doing this.  We have been tweeting about the collection from time to time to coincide with anniversaries or events that relate to items in the collection.  We also plan to digitise a few items from the special collection and make them available on the Bank’s website.

In addition to the published works available in the Information Centre collection, there is also an Archive at the Bank of England.   The Archive contains over 80,000 ledgers, files and individual records relating to all aspects of the history of the Bank and its work, dating from its foundation in 1694 to the present. The Archive supports the work of the Bank today, and provides facilities for researchers from all over the world.   The catalogue is available on the Bank’s website here.  Enquiries about access to the Archive can be sent to

The Bank of England Museum is open to the public, free of charge, on weekdays from 10:00 to 17:00.  Round the corner from the Bank’s Threadneedle Street entrance, in Bartholomew Lane, the Museum explains the Bank’s history and its work today at the centre of the economy. A variety of free talks and presentations are on offer to groups of between 15 and 50 (booking essential).  There is an annual temporary exhibition – this year’s will tie in with the launch of the Jane Austen £10 note in July and will be about the Bank’s literary connections. It will include material from the Information Centre and Archive collections:

For more information about the Bank’s Museum see the website here.


TWA Digitisation Grant fund re-opens today

The Digitisation Grant is aimed at UK archives (incl. business archives), special collections libraries and museums, and offers funding grants of up to £5000 for institutions to digitise their collections.

The fund will be accepting applications from today until 7th July and bids will be judged by a panel composed of:

John Chambers – Chief Executive ARA; Claire Adler – HLF Appointed Expert Advisor; and Paul Sugden – Senior Digitisation Consultant.

More details and how to apply can be found below:


TownsWeb Archiving Digitisation Grants

TownsWeb Archiving reveals digitisation grant winners

Following over 99 applications from UK heritage institutions and three weeks of evaluation by an independent judging panel, TownsWeb Archiving has announced the winners of its inaugural TWA Digitisation Grant.

TownsWeb Archiving has announced that the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum redevelopment project and Blackpool Culture’s High Flying Stars Circus Posters project have been declared the winners and runners-up of the TWA Digitisation Grant 2016, receiving £4,000 and £1,000 respectively.

The judging panel for the Grant was composed of three influential heritage industry professionals: Archives & Records Association Chief Executive, John Chambers; HLF appointed Expert Advisor, Claire Adler; and Senior Digitisation Consultant at TownsWeb, Paul Sugden.

Speaking on the Grant and the selection process, John Chambers said:

“I was surprised by the range and quality of the applications. From community groups to national institutions the breadth of material needing digitisation was truly represented, and demonstrated what many of us know already – there is an urgent need to properly fund digitisation before material becomes inaccessible.

Thank you to TWA for putting up a fund, without any catches, that is a step towards meeting the need.”

Speaking about their successful grant win Carol Miller,  capital appeal manager at Argyll & Sutherland Regimental Museum, said:

“I’m on a complete high – especially considering the number of applicants for the award and the amount of passion that our team all have for our Museum.  We (The Argylls) know of its relevance and importance but a real joy to know that the judges were able to glean that from our application. 

When planning our 3-year Redevelopment Project, we acknowledged that management and care of the collection was imperative in providing a lasting legacy of The Argyll story – and digitisation is one of the most important elements of that strand.”

TownsWeb Archiving plans to run the Digitisation Grant again in May 2017.

To find out more about the winning projects here.

Work-based Learning In Practice: A practical workshop for cultural and heritage organisations

Tate is delighted to invite you to Work-based Learning In Practice: A practical workshop for cultural and heritage organisations, which builds on Tate’s learning from the 2012-2015 ‘Skills for the Future programme’, at Tate Britain on Wednesday 17 February 2016. Attendees are invited to arrive via the Clore Entrance from 12.15 for lunch and registration. The workshop will commence at 13.00.

Tate’s ‘Skills for the Future’ training programme ran for three years, from October 2011 to December 2014, and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. During this time, 27 trainees successfully completed an 18 month training placement in our Collection Care division and made an important contribution to Tate’s work. Those based in Conservation undertook specialist training, while the trainee Registrars, Art Handlers and Photography Technicians achieved a Diploma in Cultural Heritage, in partnership with the V&A.

 As a result of ‘Skills for the Future’, a successful framework for work-based learning was introduced at Tate. We also made a range of changes to our recruitment processes, which ensured that the programme attracted young people from a variety of backgrounds, each of whom brought enthusiasm, new skills and fresh perspectives to the organisation

This afternoon workshop will provide an opportunity for delegates to learn from Tate’s ‘Skills for the Future’ project, discuss the challenges and opportunities of work based learning, and gain practical support and advice. 

This event is free to attend, but places are limited and must be booked in advance. Please RSVP to Juliette Boyd or by calling +44(0)20 7821 2956.