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.

 

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.

 

jenny-footJenny Foot

Treasurer

I am currently an Exhibitions Officer at the National Portrait Gallery, working on the planning and delivery of temporary exhibitions at the Gallery in London and on our touring exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Prior to this, I was an Exhibitions Assistant at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where I worked on everything exhibitions-related for 2 years. I have worked in the museum and heritage industry for several years now and worked in a variety of roles, from front of house, to documentation and curatorial positions, at various organisations including English Heritage and the National Maritime Museum. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the UKRG committee and taking on the role of Treasurer!

 

jenni-fewery-ukrg-photoJenni Fewery

Corporate and Development Officer

I am currently Assistant Registrar (Historic Loans & Disposals) at the Science Museum, where I work on object disposals for the Science Museum Group and research and resolve historic loans into the Museum. I also work on loans out and new acquisitions, so a nice variety. Before joining the Museum I worked with University College London on a collections review and also had a work placement with the Hunterian Museum for their War, Art and Surgery exhibition. I’m really looking forward to being on the committee, getting to know new people and supporting the work of UKRG as it has been such a valuable source to me.

 

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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.

 

sarah-quantrill-linked-in-imageSarah Quantrill

Events Officer

I am currently an Exhibitions Manager at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London where I am part of a large department responsible for a diverse program of V&A exhibitions and V&A touring exhibitions. My role is quite diverse, and covers the entire delivery of the exhibition, from managing inward loans and object installation, to working with exhibition designers and commissioning AV content – and everything and anything in between!  I have held roles in Exhibitions, Loans and Collection Registration over the last 10 years in Australian and UK museums including Tate and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

 

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.

 

lyn-wall-ukrg-photoLyn Wall

Professional Development Officer

I am a Registrar at National Museums Scotland and I am currently leading on a long-term loans plans which aims to centralise 150 years’ worth of historical loans, which involves working with a lot of archival paperwork.  I also deliver courier training for internal and external colleagues as part of our knowledge exchange programme.

I have worked in the Scottish museums sector for 22 years, in both curatorial and loans management roles, so I bring perspectives of both roles to the Committee.  I work part-time at the National Museums Scotland and also work part time for the rest of the week as  a Curator at the Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh, which is part of the City of Edinburgh Council Museums.   In my new role as Personal Development Officer on the UKRG Committee I am looking forward to initiating some new events and resources for Registrars, to widening my contacts across the UK Registrars network and to deliver some analysis of Registrars Development needs for the future.

 

fran-coles-croppedFran Coles

Supporting Officer

Last year I became Conservation & Documentation Manager for Bristol Museums. My background is as a collections care conservator having worked in the sector for the last 14 years, 11 of these with the Science Museum, based at Blythe House. A key part of my new role is to advocate for and support our small team of documentation specialists. It is important to me that I am able to do this to the best of my ability so saw joining the committee as major way in which I could do this. As well as helping me to better understand the current issues facing the profession I also hope that my background in conservation can help bring a new view point to discussions. I am looking forward to learning a lot, meeting new colleagues and helping support the rest of the committee in their activities.

 

ellie saggers_croppedEllie Saggers

Web Editor

I am currently the Exhibitions and Registrar Assistant at the Fitzwilliam Museum where I work on loans and exhibitions on a National and International scale. Previously I was a Corporate & Collections Information Officer at the National Railway Museum (Science Museum Group) where I worked on registration, documentation and records management. I was also a Collections Trainee 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.

 

amy-gravesAmy Graves

Web Officer

I am currently the Assistant Registrar at the Courtauld Gallery where I work on loans-in and out of the collection. Previously I was the Documentation Officer at the Horniman Museum where I worked with acquisitions as well as developing and running the disposals programme. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a really wide range of objects from poison arrows, stuffed walruses, beautiful harpsichords and now with fine art. I was Treasurer for UKRG from 2012-2014 and enjoyed my time so much that I’m back two years later! The UKRG is a great group for providing invaluable advice and support to all who work within the museum sector so I am delighted to be working on the Committee again in the new capacity of Web Officer.