Resource, the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, was created in April 2000 by the British government to carry forward a new approach to cultural heritage. Resource is, in common speech a Quango - a quasi-autonomous non-government organisation. The creation of Resource replaced the existing Museums and Galleries Commission and Library and Information Commission, and added to their portfolios a new interest in archives - previously only covered by the Public Record Office and the Historic Manuscripts Commission, both of which continue to exist and do their usual work.

Resource is usually defined as being a 'strategic' body - meaning that its primary function is to produce reports and ideas about the development of the sector it represents. It is intended to function 'at arm's length' from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to which it reports. Based in Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, Central London, the organisation is responsible for a number of government-funded schemes in the sectors it covers, including Museum Registration, the Designation Scheme for Museums, the creation of Single Regional Agencies, the Acquisition in Lieu scheme, and the creation of the People's Network. It has also produced numerous reports on the future of Museums, Archives and Libraries, including the Renaissance in the Regions report on regional museums in England.

Resource is overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Lord Evans of Temple Guiting - better known as Matthew Evans, of Faber, the publishers. Loyd Grossman is also a member, along with other figures less well-known to the general public but who represent the sectors (or domains, as they are sometimes called) in question.


Trivial note: Resource's logo looks like this:


...leading some people to think that the name of the organisation is re:source.