Home Knowsley Council Merseyside archives secure national funding
documents in an archive

Merseyside archives secure national funding

by Sandra Issar

Knowsley’s Archive Service – ARK – is part of a regional group which has submitted a successful funding bid to The National Archives’ collaborative networks fund.

Merseyside Archives Liaison Group – MALG – has been awarded the maximum £15,000 from the National Archives ‘Networks for Change’ fund, with 50% match funding in-kind contributions of time.

It’s the highest scoring Networks for Change bid ever considered by the national board with MALG achieving full marks across all four assessment criteria.

MALG’s bid

MALG members come from a wide range of repositories, including local authorities, businesses, academia and charities from across the Liverpool City Region.

Its mission is to ensure that Merseyside’s rich archival heritage will be safeguarded for the future and accessible to all.

Over the past 12 months MALG has undertaken a great deal of work to establish how its mission will be achieved, enabling the group to identify shared objectives and how to successfully deliver them. The Networks for Change funding bid was developed as part of the process.

Networks for Change grant

MALG will use the funding to develop an app which will provide easy access to information about all of the member institutions and services. The group will also rebrand with a new name and logo.

The app will be backed up by a hard copy guide to services which will be distributed throughout the region.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said:

This is a great example of Liverpool City Region collaboration and I’m delighted the funding bid secured the maximum available grant. Once the new app is developed and ready to use it will benefit the ARK and all members of the Merseyside Archives Liaison Group.


It’s also fantastic news for local researchers and residents as the app will provide easy access to information about the wonderful resources all MALG’s archive services hold.”

The newly branded MALG will launch with a social media campaign, coinciding with the Heritage and Culture Day 2021 at Liverpool Central Library.