I am currently Exhibitions Manager at the National Portrait Gallery and have worked on a fascinating and challenging array of exhibitions during my 7 years here. I started my museums and gallery career in 2001 with a Registrars Assistant role at The Royal Academy alongside volunteering in the Exhibitions department at Dulwich Picture Gallery (alongside moonlighting as a Gallery attendant in order to pay those bills!). I was fortunate to then climb the ladder and learn my trade at DPG over 5 years, initially as Exhibitions Assistant then Officer and finally covering maternity leave for Head of Exhibitions. Whilst at DPG I also managed Loans Out in the early days so was able to get a great picture of the breadth the Registrar role can cover. I then moved on to The National Gallery for 7.5 years which was a fantastic experience to delve even deeper into the complexities of the Registrar role. I am delighted to take on the role of Chair of UKRG and continue the work of previous Chairs in supporting our members as well as finding ways to connect and share our rich resource of experience and knowledge.
I am currently Exhibitions Project Coordinator at the Royal Collection Trust. I work with curators, conservators, architects, designers and other specialists to produce exhibitions that draw on the vast array of artworks and objects that are held in the Royal Collection. Our programme spans the royal residences of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. We also tour exhibitions to UK museums and galleries, to share the collection more widely. Before this, I spent six years at the Royal Academy of Arts, focusing on exhibitions of contemporary art and architecture. I love the variety that comes with exhibitions work, and the collaboration between different experts. I am very excited to join the UKRG committee to contribute to this spirit of collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
I am currently an Assistant Registrar at National Museums Scotland and have been part of the team since 2019. I work with departments across the museum to help deliver the programme of short and long-term loans. I began my career at the Scottish Maritime Museum, undertaking a collections review. I was then a Curator at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth for five years. This role was really varied and involved many aspects of collections management, including loans, acquisitions and disposals. I'm very much looking forward to being part of the UKRG committee and taking on the role of Treasurer.
Corporate and Development Officer
I am the Assistant Registrar at the Royal Armouries. I am based in the museum at Leeds and work across all three of our sites, including the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London and Fort Nelson. I work with amazing colleagues and objects, helping to manage our loans, acquisitions and policies and procedures. My interest in collections management began while working as Collections Team Administrator at the Royal Armouries and from there I completed the brilliant Registrar Traineeship programme, delivered by the Royal Armouries, Leeds Museums & Galleries and University of Leeds, and kindly supported by Arts Council England and Crown Fine Art, which included the opportunity to spend time at Crown Fine Art London and Amsterdam, learning from their expertise. Following this, I was the Art Exhibitions Officer at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, organising exhibitions and events at the Laing Art Gallery, the Hatton Gallery and Shipley Art Gallery. I am greatly looking forward to joining the UKRG Committee and getting to know our corporate members better as the Corporate and Development Officer.
I am currently a Loans Coordinator at the British Library and our department representative to the BL Sustainability Group. My career has always been in and around libraries and museums – in California, first as an art appraiser at a small auction house, then doing admin for a Museum Studies Programme, before shifting to a PA role for the Director of BAMPFA, where I assisted Curatorial, Registry, and Development with various special projects including exhibition and deaccession research, and planned events including two fundraising galas and auctions. In 2014, I moved to London and began work here as a PA to the Director of Tate, then went to the Jewish Museum London, where I started as a Curatorial Assistant and worked up to Exhibitions Curator. I greatly enjoy working in a wide range of roles, getting my hands dirty, and in gaining familiarity with the many different aspects of GLAM work – nothing quite like the thrill of seeing projects go from paperwork to reality (and then checking the mounts, cases, etc.)! I am honoured to join the UKRG Committee as an Interim Events Officer for the rest of 2022, and look forward to helping UKRG members explore new topics and build strong networks across the sector.
I began my museum career working in a curatorial role for Tate, but soon realised I was far better suited to work as part of the Registrar’s team! I was with Tate for 14 years, latterly as the Collections Manager with responsibility for the permanent collection, long-term loans out, the Turner Bequest and the two public study rooms. In 2000 I took the opportunity to leave London to be the first Registrar at Sheffield Museums, a newly established trust, where I set up and implemented systems and procedures as well as managing several NLHF funded storage relocation and collection projects. I have since worked in very broad Collections Manager roles for both local government and at independent museum trusts, my work taking me to St Andrews, County Durham and more recently at Monmouthshire Museums. I took up my current role as Collections Manager at Salisbury Museum this September. My interests, as well as being concerned with core registrar work and standards, are also in supporting members whose jobs also involve responsibilities across the wider spectrum of collections care and conservation.
I am presently an Assistant Exhibitions Registrar at Tate Modern, responsible for the smooth delivery of various exhibitions. I really enjoy the collaborative nature of my role, working with registrars across the UK and internationally and the variety of projects I get to work on at Tate Modern. Prior to this, I worked on loans in to displays at Tate Britain and before that for a fine arts logistics company, coordinating the transportation of museum objects nationally and internationally. As Membership Secretary, I look forward to meeting more of our members and helping to contribute to the fantastic work of the UKRG.
Professional Development Officer
I began my career as a secondary school art teacher, before changing focus in my career and moving into the museum and gallery sector in 2016. I joined Tate in March 2019 as Assistant Collections Registrar, where I have gained a wide range of skills working on displays, acquisitions and long loans. I believe that my experience in both collection management and education will be greatly beneficial in identifying clear learning aims and objectives to create engaging professional development programming with the UKRG. With the current climate, and the prevalence of social, economic and environmental issues, I believe that professional development and training is as important as ever, and I am grateful of the opportunity to contribute to this through my role as Professional Development Officer with the UKRG.
I started my museum career as an Administration Assistant then worked my way up to Assistant Registrar; I’m now the Exhibitions Manager at Compton Verney, responsible for the logistical development of all temporary exhibitions and some outdoor commissions. We hold up to six exhibitions every year, a mixture of large self-generated multi-lender shows and toured in exhibitions; as well as touring some of our own exhibitions throughout the UK. Being part of a small team, my experience is varied and I have worked across all facets of loan management; dealing with a wealth of artworks, historic and contemporary, maintaining strong relationships with other institutions, private lenders, and artists themselves. Working on exhibitions means the landscape is ever changing and constantly fascinating. I’m really pleased to be joining the UKRG committee, and continuing the welcoming and supportive approach that I’ve consistently encountered over the years.
I am currently a Senior Exhibitions Assistant at the National Gallery, where I am responsible for managing and assisting on the smooth delivery of a diverse range of exhibitions both at Trafalgar Square and for international touring partnership exhibitions. I throughly enjoy organising exhibitions and working alongside curators, designers, art handlers and many others both internally and externally. Prior to being at the National Gallery I worked at the Garden Museum and Ben Uri after having completed my masters. As Web Editor I hope to keep you up to date on the latest items that the UKRG are working on through the e-bulletin and keep our social media accounts going strong.
I am an Assistant Registrar at the Science Museum, responsible for coordinating loans in and out, both for temporary display and exhibitions, as well as long loans and supporting a lively acquisitions programme. I was previously Assistant Curator within the department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, handling all aspects of collections management. As a member of the UKRG I have gained a wealth of sector knowledge and am thus honoured to be joining the committee as Web Officer.