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Shake-up of national archives announced

21st April 2011

The National Archives (TNA) will replace the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), as culture minister Ed Vaizey attempts to strengthen the 'network of archive provision' across the country.

Mr Vaizey claimed TNA would 'act as an advocate' for archive service providers and deemed it a 'perfectly placed' organisation to lend support to the sector as a whole.

'I am very grateful to the MLA for the work they and TNA have done in supporting the archive sector and I am confident that TNA will continue this important stewardship role,' Mr Vaizey said.

TNA will assist universities, local authorities and a plethora of other institutions to improve public access to archives documents.

A key tool in the access drive will be the internet and organisations will be encouraged to put documents online.

The government will transfer overarching responsibility for the nation's 2,000 archives to TNA on October 1st this year.

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