ARA Job Vacancies

ARA seeks new Conference Committee Chair

The ARA has a forthcoming vacancy for the role of Chair of the Conference Committee. Outgoing Chair, Mike Anson, will stand down from this role following this year’s conference in early September. Click here for the role description and email your expression of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mike has been Chair of the Conference Committee since 2018 and was closely involved with the events held in Glasgow and Leeds. Chester in 2020 should have been the final conference of the three-year term but then COVID-19 intervened and he chose to stay on an extra year in the role.

Commenting on the role, Mike said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time as Conference Chair. It is fantastic opportunity to influence and shape the debates in our sector, to showcase some brilliant initiatives and projects, and to keep the ARA Conference at the forefront of learning and development for our profession. As Conference Chair, you get to meet so many people from across the field of archives and records management, as well as from other heritage and academic backgrounds. You also get behind-the-scenes insight into what it takes to run a major three-day event. It can, of course, be a challenging role - you need to have a thick skin at times and it will hone your decision-making and diplomatic skills, but there is plenty of support available from everyone involved in organising the conference. The role puts you at the heart of the sector and I really would encourage people to apply.”

Conservation Training Registrar

The ARA is currently looking to appoint a Conservation Training Registrar.

The ARA’s Archive Conservation Training Scheme has been running for over 40 years and is a highly respected qualification in the field of archive conservation. The Training Scheme teaches students through a combination of academic learning and one to one practical tuition.

The Registrar's role is to coordinate all aspects of the Archive Conservation Training Scheme (ACTS) along with its committee. This includes guiding and advising new enrolments, trainees, instructors and mentors. The Registrar is responsible for overseeing the administration of meetings, exams, assessments, specialist training and events. They also provide reports to – and attend – the Professional Development Committee. Support is provided by a nominated ARA Board member.

This is a fantastic professional development opportunity and also offers a vast networking opportunity within the conservation sector. You will also have the privilege of working with a well-respected team of instructors who have been involved in training archive conservators for many years.

The role would be ideal for conservators who have retired and are keen to keep themselves involved in the conservation field. Also for those who are keen to develop their CPD and involvement in the development of the archive conservation profession. You do not need to be a conservator to apply.

In this post you will receive a £3000 honorarium per year for your work.

To find out more about the Registrar's role and how to apply, please contact Katie Proctor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..