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Find out who we are, what we do and how we are supporting the archivesand records community in the UK, Ireland and internationally

Pile of papers can be more than it seems

The Archives and Records Association is the lead professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.     

In October 2015 the ARA had over 2400 members.

The ARA aims to support its membership through training, continued professional development, identification of employment opportunities, professional help and advice, and by providing a community to which the membership can belong and from which they draw benefit through open discussion and debate, as well as through gathering of information and advice.

Through its members the ARA is committed to working for high standards in the provision of and care of archives and effective management of record systems including the retrieval of information from them.

What does the ARA do?

  • It represents the interests of the record-keeping profession nationally in discussions with central and local government, with allied information professionals and with the archive user community.
  • It sets standards of professional conduct including maintaining a professional register.
  • It provides, monitors and develops training for present and future members of the profession.
  • It promotes the exchange of expertise and experience among its members.
  • It markets the skills of its members to potential employers

Join the ARA and take advantage of the many Benefits of Membership.