Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG)

Engaging archives with Inspiring Learning for All

Aims and objectives

Commissioned by MLA North West, the aim of this research study was to identify and analyse the challenges and barriers which militate against archives in the North West engaging with Inspiring Learning for All, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) framework for enabling learning in its broadest sense in archives, museums, and libraries.

Key findings

The research found that there was very little knowledge or understanding of Inspiring Learning for All in the archive domain due to a combination of factors. In the main, the framework was viewed negatively and the opportunities of engaging with it were not fully recognised or understood by archivists.

In order for the archive domain to engage with contemporary learning agendas, the researchers concluded that fundamental organisational change would be required. Within the report we have provided a three step way of drawing archives into a change process which is built around contemporary learning agendas and Inspiring Learning for All in particular.


Engaging archives with Inspiring Learning for All: A report prepared for MLA North West (2005) (PDF, 720KB)

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