About Us

The UK Registrars Group is a non-profit association set up in 1979. It provides a forum for exchanging ideas and expertise between registrars, collection managers and other museum professionals in the United Kingdom, Europe and worldwide.

The group strives to establish and promote standards of good professional practice through publications and seminars and to support national and international standards in relevant fields of work.

Particular emphasis is given to documentation and records, physical care, loans & exhibition logistics and cultural sector legislation. The Group also seeks to provide avocacy and representations in relevant consultations and sectoral developments, where required by its membership. The Group is run by an elected committee; details of their roles are available on the publications page. We rely on our membership to ensure the dynamism of our organisation and we encourage ideas from all our members.

Individual membership is open to all those involved in the care, management, interpretation and display of collections in museums, art galleries, heritage centres or any other similar organisations. In addition, corporate membership is available to those companies which supply services to the museum and gallery sector in general.

The website is our main form of communication with members, non-members, other museum professionals and non-museum workers alike. News, events and job adverts are also sent via our news bulletin, which goes out monthly by email to all members.

We aim to share our work with others and are happy for you to download and use our information.

Constitution and Proposed Changes

The objectives, membership and terms of reference for the UKRG committee are highlighted within its constitution.

The UKRG Committee has undertaken the first major revision of the URG Constitution for twenty years.  Since its inception, UKRG has grown organically and incrementally to become an internationally recognised leading provider of training, advocacy and standards for cultural collections care and logistics. To download the summary of revisions and the proposed changes to the constitution please click visit the December 2013 News page.

To download the current constitution as a PDF please click here.

UKRG Committee

profilephotojaneknowlesJane Knowles
Chair
I have been working in museums and galleries for 15 years, at Norwich Castle Museum, the Horniman Museum, the Royal Academy and am currently Head of Exhibitions at the National Gallery. I have been privileged to work with an array of objects which have been varied to say the least – from medieval manuscripts and old master paintings to Amazonian feather capes, Viking swords, Byzantine icons, contemporary art installations and a huge stuffed polar bear! Working with the Committee and members to develop and maintain the excellent work of UKRG is hugely rewarding and exciting and I look forward to my second year as Chair and all that our organisation will achieve.

Amy Graves
Treasurer

I am currently the Documentation Officer at the Horniman Museum and Gardens where I work on new acquisitions, disposals, documentation, and managing, maintaining and training people on our collections management system Mimsy XG. I previously worked for the National Maritime Museum as Collections Documentation and Audit assistant. This is my first time on the Committee and so I am looking forward to getting stuck in to the Treasurer role ensuring that all monies get banked, transferred and paid on time!

Alice Profile PhotoAlice Rymill,
Secretary

I’ve been Registrar for Bristol Museums and Art Gallery since 2005 where I am responsible for the management of the loans programme. This includes developing policy and practice as well as being part of a busy documentation team involved in a variety of collections management activities. Prior to joining Bristol I worked at the V&A, firstly in the Conservation Section and then Registrar’s Department looking after long loans. I’m really pleased to join the committee as Secretary and hope my skills and experience in both national and regional museums can contribute moving forward.

Samantha_CoxSamantha Cox
Web Editor

I am Registrar for Tate St Ives, this includes managing and carrying out the registration for our exhibition programme, as well as working with the Barbara Hepworth Museum.  Previous to this, over the last 12 years I have worked in various Registrar roles including loans out, auditing and transfer projects at the National Gallery, Phillips Auction house,  Hayward Gallery and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.  I have been a member of the UKRG for several years, however this my first time on the committee, I’m really pleased to have been given this opportunity!

profilephotohelenparkinHelen Parkin
Events Secretary
I am the Assistant Registrar at the National Army Museum, currently
working on a range of loans activity relating to the WW1 centenary, the
bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and other projects supporting the Museum’s wider programme. Prior to this, I was Loans Administrator within a curatorial department at the British Museum, where I was responsible for all short-term loans out from the department, as well as maintaining a large number of long-term loans. I’ve also worked in various documentation and technical roles at the BM and the RAF Museum. The UKRG has been great for helping me get to know lots of the people I work with around the country, so I’m really looking forward to getting involved in the Committee and working on some exciting ideas for events!

Cassia_PenningtonCassia-Maria Pennington
Events Secretar
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I’ m an Exhibition Registrar for the National Galleries of Scotland, working on a variety of exhibition and display projects across our three galleries. I previously worked both as an administration assistant in the NGS Registrars Department and as the Registrar Trainee for Leeds Museums and Galleries and the Royal Armouries. This is my first time on the Committee and I hope to succeed in organising some interesting and exciting events for the UKRG membership.

Laura_WalshLaura Walsh
Corporate & Development Officer

I am the Registrar at the Royal Armouries. I have worked at the Armouries for 3 years and I am responsible for all collections management activities, including loans in and out, object movement, documentation, and collection audits across our three sites: Leeds, Tower of London, and Fort Nelson. My previous roles include working at National Museums Scotland as Collections Care Project Officer, and working at York Archaeological Trust as Research and Collections Assistant. I look forward to representing our corporate members and helping to develop and raise the profile of the UKRG. I am delighted to be given this opportunity on the Committee!

Chris_MadeleyChristopher Madeley
Web Officer

I am currently Curatorial & Learning Administrator for Weston Park, Staffordshire. I help oversee the collection in the historic House, co-ordinate the volunteers and organise exhibitions within the on-site Granary Art Gallery. Within the Learning Department, I occasionally run curricular based activities for school children. This is my first time on the committee and I am very much looking forward to becoming involved and taking care of the website!

Dean Baylis
Supporting Member

I have worked at the British Museum for nearly 25 years, apart from a brief spell on secondment to the Museums and Galleries Division in the old Department of National Heritage (now DCMS) in the mid-90s.

For the last decade I have been based in the Middle East department, dealing with diverse collections ranging from antiquity (ancient Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Persia etc.,) to contemporary Islamic artwork. I have been a member of the UKRG for about 15 years and have always avoided getting more involved…

Profile picture emmaEmma Smith
Membership Secretary
I am currently a Collections Information Officer at the Science Museum.  I work on loans in and out, acquisitions, and audits of the collections. I was previously a cataloger at the Sir John Soane’s Museum and completed a Masters in Museum Studies at UCL.  I am very excited to join the committee and look forward to meeting all the members!

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Fouad Kanaan
Professional Development Officer
I have been working in museums and galleries for 20 years, at the National Gallery of Canada, the National Gallery, London, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and then back in the UK with a brief stint at Momart and finally settling at Alison Jacques Gallery as Registrar and Exhibitions Manager. I am very excited to be working with the Committee as Professional Development Officer and to contribute as best I can to the continued good work of the UKRG.