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ALMA-UK is a voluntary cross-national partnership, dedicated to enhancing the public value of archives, libraries and museums across the UK.

It is the only group that gathers the principal strategic bodies for archives, libraries and museums across all four home nations of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, in equal partnership and voice.

The Alliance provides a neutral forum for member organisations to exchange sector intelligence and experience, and to add value to their strategic practice through cross-nation collaboration.

ALMA-UK brings together leaders and senior staff from its member organisations to engage in regular roundtable discussion, both in person and remotely.

Member bodies are responsible for nominating their own representatives, who comprise a mix of the organisations’ Chief Executives, Directors and heads of service or function.

The Scottish Council on Archives is a member of ALMA-UK and contributed to the development of the ALMA-UK Economic Impact Toolkit. More information about this useful toolkit can be found here.

Meetings of ALMA-UK are facilitated by a standing Chair, who is elected from this pool of representatives by majority vote. The Chair’s term of office is for two years, with the option of serving two consecutive years, if re-elected.

Through its project work and wider collaborative initiatives, the Alliance involves many other staff from within its own organisational circles, together with external stakeholders.

ALMA-UK is made up of nine member organisations:


Arts Council England (ACE)
The National Archives (TNA)

Northern Ireland

Libraries NI
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC)


Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS)
Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC)
Scottish Council on Archives (SCA)


CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales (CyMAL)

Meet the ALMA-UK Representatives here.