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 advocacy 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 here. 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.

UKRG Constitution

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 UKRG 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 current constitution as a PDF please click here.

UKRG Committee

Interested in joining the committee? Read about what the roles entail here or contact an existing post-holder here.

Kathy RichmondKathy Richmond

Chair

I have been working as a Registrar for over ten years, and before that in a series of related roles (both paid and voluntary). I am currently Registrar at the Museum of London, having previously worked for Tate and before that for the Royal Armouries Museum. I’ve been lucky to work with some fantastic objects, collections and people, from firearms to archaeology, and from Turner to Hirst. I have found UKRG to be hugely beneficial in providing information and advice, networking opportunities and support, through which I’ve founded genuine friendships as well as professional links so I’m delighted to now be in a position to contribute and look forward to seeing what we can achieve over the next two years.

 

1535462_10151777450531846_2099150778_nTerri Dendy

Treasurer

I am currently a Collections Information Officer at the Science Museum where I work on loans in for Exhibitions in London and at the National Media Museum in Bradford. I’ve been working in the museum industry for several years at many institutions and in a variety of roles, from education at Stevenage museum to auditing at the National Maritime Museum and art handling at Tate. I have also co-founded a website aimed at breaking down the preconceived ideas of those working in museums – theministryofcuriosity.blogspot.co.uk. I’m really looking forward to being on the committee, getting more involved in the UKRG community and undertaking the role of Treasurer!

 

Katie RobsonKatie Robson

Secretary

Prior to working in museums and galleries I worked as an administrator in the NHS which, little did I know at the time, was a great training ground for the registrar role. The sectors have many similarities but I decided to swap the patient database and medical reports for a collections database and condition reports. At the Barber Institute of Fine Arts I enjoyed working on incoming exhibition loans and outgoing international loans. I was also fortunate to work with the amazing Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, which displays the treasures from centuries of collecting alongside recent works. I am currently Assistant Registrar at National Museums Scotland where I am enjoying working on a diverse range of loans from racing cars to cloned sheep!  I am looking forward to contributing to the work of the UKRG, which has been a fantastic resource for me.

 

ellie saggers_croppedEllie Saggers

Web Editor

I am currently a Corporate & Collections Information Officer at the National Railway Museum (Science Museum Group) where I work on registration, documentation and records management. I am currently working on loans, disposals, acquisitions and collection audits. Previously I worked at Braintree District Museum where I developed my interest in collections registration after completing an acquisition project of over 500 artworks. I’m looking forward to developing the UKRG’s use of social media to try and interact more with our members.

 

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Sarah Hardy

Events Officer

Whilst I’m not busy organising UKRG events, I occupy myself as an Assistant Registrar at the National Gallery. My main responsibility in this role is managing loans out of the collection, I get involved in everything from preparing loan requests to present to the Board of Trustees to couriering works back when the exhibition is over. Before coming to the National Gallery, I worked in all sorts of museum jobs from giving tours at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Lancashire, to running the education programme at Two Temple Place in London. I’m thrilled to be involved at committee level with UKRG and hope to organise some exciting events in my two year tenure.

 

Marie Rose

Events Officer

I currently work at the Natural History Museum where I have been exhibition loans officer for the Library and Archives for the last five years. I manage all national and international exhibition loans relating to the artwork collection and have been fortunate enough to act as courier on several occasions. I also manage high-profile events and cross-museum projects such as the Wallace 100 centenary and conferences. I’ve recently joined the UKRG in order to meet other museum and arts professionals following the completion of an MA in Arts Management and Policy and I look forward to bring involved with the committee and planning some great events. I’m very excited to be part of such an exciting network of professionals and I look forward to meeting you all at our next event.

 

Susannah Darby UKRG picSusannah Darby

Web Officer

I am a Collections Information Officer at the Science Museum, currently working on disposals, historic loans and collection audits. I previously worked on loans and acquisitions for the Science Museum’s Information Age gallery and before that was a cataloguer working on stored and displayed collections audits at Historic Royal Palaces. I’m looking forward to joining the UKRG committee and getting involved with looking after the website.

 

BeccaRebecca England

Supporting Member

I am one of three Exhibitions Officers at Dulwich Picture Gallery. I coordinate the negotiation, insurance and transport of loans in for our temporary exhibition programme. Alongside registration duties I also manage the design, build, interpretation and catalogue production. I have worked at Dulwich for three years, having started as Exhibitions Assistant to the department. Prior to my time at Dulwich I gained exhibitions experience at Abbey House Museum, Harewood House, Whitehall Museum and The Tetley (previously PSL). This is my first time on the committee, and I am really looking forward to throwing myself into all of the exciting events and policy led by UKRG.

 

Flora FylesFlora Fyles

Membership Secretary

I’m currently an Assistant Registrar at the Museum of London, working on loans in and out, as well as acquisitions, exits and anything else people find they need the help of a registrar for.  Before this, I worked at the Science Museum for two years on various projects, including cataloguing for the Information Age gallery, co-ordinating gallery decants, and general registrar-type jobs.  Being a member of UKRG has been a great way to put faces to names, and I look forward to getting to know many more of you over the next two years as Membership Secretary.

 

SarahMahoodUKRGSarah Mahood

Corporate & Development Officer

I am currently the Collections Access Officer at the Horniman Museum & Gardens based at the Study Collections Centre (off-site store). I mainly work on an ACE funded project called Object in Focus. It is a short-term loans project aiming to improve access to the Horniman’s stored collections and strengthen partnerships by offering objects for loan and covering all of the loan costs for the borrower. I also work on general collections management and exhibitions support at the museum. I have worked in museums for 7 years including in two other guises at the Horniman (in Collections Management and the Learning department), and at the Denys Eyre Bower Bequest at Chiddingstone Castle in Kent. Prior to my museum life, I lived and worked in Tokyo for three years. I’m really looking forward to being on the committee and getting to know our corporate members.

 

Georgia Grant 

Professional Development Officer 

I am currently the Registrar’s Assistant at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, and have been here now for almost three years.

Amongst other registrar work my main duties are to manage loans in, both new and historic, across our three sites – Leeds, Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Portsmouth. I also manage loans out to various venues – both nationally and internationally – and work on a programme of inspections for those loans.

In addition to loans work a lot of my time is spent administering the acquisitions process from arranging collection through to accessioning and marking.

I began volunteering in the heritage sector six years ago and in that time I have completed an MA in Heritage Studies and worked with a wide variety of collections from dolls houses and pottery through to oral histories and firearms.

As the Professional Development Officer role is a new position on the committee I know it will be challenging but I’m certain it will be rewarding and will be of real benefit for the members of UKRG.