On 21 November 1990, the Australasian Registrars Committee (ARC) then known as the Australian Registrars Committee was founded in Canberra at the CAMA (Council of Australian Museums Association) Conference. The establishment of ARC revolutionised the registration profession in Australia by representing and promoting the professional role of registrars in museums. For the first time registration was recognised as an integral component within an institution and the profession became more discernible to our professional colleagues and museum directors. ARC has laid its foundations within the museum profession and continues to achieve its aims of representing and promoting the role of registrars, collection managers and registration practices in cultural institutions both on a national and international level. In April 2007, the ARC adopted a name change to Australasian Registrars Committee formally including New Zealand / Aotearoa within the scope of its membership and activities. Today ARC members are also located across Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe and beyond. You don’t need to be located Australia / New Zealand to join us! The Committee is dedicated to encouraging the professional development of members by providing forums for exchanging ideas and expertise between registrars, collection managers and professionals in related fields in museums. The objectives of the Committee are:

  • to affirm, represent and promote the professional role of registrars in museums;
  • to encourage professional registration practices in museums;
  • to encourage and maintain communication and co-operation among registrars, collection managers, between registrars and other museum staff, and between registrars and people in related service fields;
  • to co-operate with other related professional associations;
  • to encourage the professional development of members.

ARC publishes a journal that is received by all members as a benefit of membership. ARC uses the journal to address topical issues facing contemporary registrars and all members are encouraged to participate by submitting articles and any related news. Non ARC Members are also invited to submit articles. We welcome articles from GLAM industry professionals located in all four corners of the globe. Got an idea for an article? Contact Us with the email heading ‘ARC Journal Idea’.

Want to recommend to ARC Members an industry book, article or equipment of some merit? Keen to let our Members know about a relevant job vacancy, upcoming training opportunity, or (reasonably priced!) seminar? We can include the news in ARC’s short form eNews bulletin ‘Off the Record’ that is  sent out to all members by email approximately every 3 months. Drop us a line at [email protected]
 ARC is led by a volunteer team of industry professionals on the ‘ARC Council’. All full paying Members of ARC are eligible to join the ARC Council. Interested? Contact us and we’ll fill you in on the available roles.