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 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.

 

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!

 

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 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, acquisitions and project management at the National Gallery, Phillips Auction house,  the Hayward Gallery and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.  I have been a member of the UKRG for several years now, however, this my first time on the committee, I’m really pleased to have been given this opportunity!

 

profilephotohelenparkinHelen Parkin
Events Officer

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!

 

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.

 

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!

Sarah Mahood
Corporate & Development Officer
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Georgia Grant 
Professional Development Officer 
Details to come
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