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Archives Directory: A new resource that gives practical information on all the Archive services in the West Midlands.

Arts & Business Investment Programme: the national charity dedicated to creating sustainable arts and business relationships.

Awards for All: National Lottery grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to help your community.

Basic Skills Agency: effective approaches for improving the basic skills of children, young people and adults.

Caring for Costumes and Textiles: a set of guidelines on the care and preservation of historic and vintage textiles

Collections Link: an advisory service for collections management.

Commission for Racial Equality: promotes equal opportunities and has produced standards for public services to achieve.

Conservation Registar : holds information on conservator-restorers in the UK and Ireland.

Cornucopia and MICHAEL : collection description resources

Cultural Property Advice: vital information on collecting, buying and selling art, antiques and antiquities.

Digicult: a project monitoring and assessing existing and emerging ICT to benefit the Cultural Heritage Sector.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: Gives grants to organisations which aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities.

Find It!: UK guide to library collections in England.

Futures together: accessing special collections in West Midlands libraries and related sectors A list identifying the value, scope and accessibility of special collections and archive holdings. For a copy contact:

Heritage Funding Directory: The FREE directory details organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors that offer grants, loans, scholarships, bursaries, education and in kind assistance.

Impact of Flooding in West Midlands and Available Emergency Disaster Resources : MLA West Midlands is gathering information on the impact of the recent floods.

INSPIRE Information Pack: provides the foundation for an Inspire handbook for registered libraries and also includes staff training and support material.

Kathy Callow Trust : awards for small museums to assist with the costs of conservation projects.

Knowledge For Life: How museums, libraries and archives contribute to the Skills Strategy.

Lifting the Burdens Task Force: Review of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Literature Matters School Library Services (SLS) support teaching and learning across the curriculum and with the raising standards agenda.

MACE newsletter: the public moving image archive for the East and West Midlands. Email your address to to be added to their mailing list.

Making the Case: A guide to making funding bids for documentation projects.

MDA Documentation Planning Resource Pack: assist museums in writing their own documentation plans; of particular use to organisations applying for Accreditation.

MLA West Midlands Training Bursary Scheme: MLA West Midlands has allocated £5000 pounds for staff from museums, libraries and archives to attend training and development events. More information Application Form

People's Network: MLA website - Electronic reference library; enquire, discover and read online.

Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS): FREE stand-alone lesson plans which tie into the national curriculum for history, geography, ICT, citizenship and literacy.

Renaissance West Midlands Media Toolkit: A free practical guide to working with the media.

TASI: Technical Advisory Service for Images - advice on courses.

The Poetry Archive: A unique archive and an educational resource to encourage the enjoyment of poetry and reading.

Volunteer Toolkit This 'Toolkit' has been written to address the issue of the difficulties in writing a Volunteer Policy.

West Midlands Learning Directory: a signpost to some of the finest learning resources in the region.

What is Web 2.0? A briefing paper descibing Web 2.0 technologies.

Youth Matters: A new vision for how young people's services need to be delivered.

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* Volunteer Toolkit Click here to download Volunteer Toolkit
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* Literature Matters booklet Click here to download Literature Matters booklet
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* What Is Web 2 Click here to download What Is Web 2
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* Impact of Flooding in WM Click here to download Impact of Flooding in WM
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* MLAWM Training Bursary Notes Click here to download MLAWM Training Bursary Notes
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* MLAWM Training Bursary Application Form Click here to download MLAWM Training Bursary Application Form
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* Caring for Costume and Textiles guidelines Click here to download Caring for Costume and Textiles guidelines
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