The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is to replace its chairman Mark Wood with the poet Andrew Motion.
Culture Secretary Andy Burnham made the announcement this morning, advising that the Poet Laureate will take up his new position for a period of four years.
Burnham also hinted that as part of his new role, Motion will be charged with involving museums and libraries in the UK’s cultural activities for the 2012 Olympics.
‘Andrew Motion has an obvious passion for the arts, and has been a most distinguished and successful Poet Laureate since 1999,’ says Burnham.
‘I know he has some wonderful and exciting ideas about how he can take the MLA forward, continuing their pursuit of excellence and, in particular, promoting the culture sector to olympic spectators and visitors in 2012,’ he says.
As the lead strategic Government-backed agency for museums, libraries and associated institutions, the MLA advises government on policy, innovation and change for the sector.
For further information, see www.mla.gov.uk.