Membership is open to all, whether you are a student; making your firstforay into the working world of keeping records; a senior professional;record keeping organisation or an overseas resident. Find your fees andforms here.
There are a number of membership categories to choose from at the ARA. Most individual members pay a membership fee based on their income. Fees are considerably discounted for students, job seekers, people on low incomes and people living overseas.
The categories are as follows and can be applied for online (click on membership titles).
Please note: from 1st February 2018 all new members will receive a digital ARC magazine.
There are four categories of individual membership:
For any person undertaking ARA accredited archives qualification studies in full-time, part-time or distance learning. Any other students will need to apply for affiliate membership.
For archivists, archive conservators, records managers, archive education officers, archive assistants, record clerks and other staff. This membership is suitable for people working in or qualified in archives, records and archive conservation.
Any individual can join this grade of membership provided that they are not qualified to join as full members of the Association (i.e. they are not in paid employment in an archive or records management service). Individuals elected to this grade enjoy most of the full benefits of Association membership.
For any individuals who are permanently resident abroad.
Not for Profit Supporter Membership (for small organisations)
Not for Profit organisations turning over less than £25,000 a year (or Euro equivalent) (not including grants or project funds) are eligible to join as Not for Profit Corporate members.
Supporter Membership (No membership fee for a provisional period of 18 months (to the end of 2019).
For friends of archives, local history and campaign groups. Any such group must have a membership of at least ten people, an established oversight committee of at least two people that records its activities, and credible articles of association. And be based in either the UK or Republic of Ireland.
Our new membership category Institutional Affiliate delivers all the benefits of individual membership to organisations alongside some new specially designed benefits.
Affiliated organisations can now enjoy discounted rates for commercial advertising in all of the Association's publications; discounted rates for exhibiting products and services at the Association Annual Conference.
- Membership Subscription Rates
|Full members not in paid employment, Retired or paid less than £5000/€5714 per annum (this rate applies to individual Full members only)||£23||€26|
Not for Profit Organisations Membership (only for organisations with an annual turnover under £25,000 per year)
Supporters membership (for Friends, Local History and Campaign groups only)
Institutional Affiliate (Corporate)
Free (Until end of 2019)
Free (until end of 2019)
Full Individual Membership
|As stated below.|
|Full Individual Membership (Dependent on annual salary, as stated below):|
|Pounds Sterling||£5001 - £7000||£36|
|£7001 - £9000||£45|
|£9001 - £11000||£54|
|£11001 - £13000||£63|
|£13001 - £15000||£71|
|£15001 - £17000||£81|
|£17001 - £19000||£90|
|£19001 - £21000||£100|
|£21001 - £23000||£107|
|£23001 - £25000||£117|
|£25001 - £27000||£125|
|£27001 - £29000||£134|
|£29001 - £31000||£144|
|£31001 - £33000||£153|
|£33001 - £35000||£163|
|£35001 - £37000||£172|
|£37001 - £39000||£180|
|£39001 - £49000||£198|
|£49001 - £59000||£243|
|£59001 - £69000||£288|
|Euros||€7601 - €10640||€41|
|€10641 - €13680||€51|
|€13681 - €16720||€62|
|€16721 - €19760||€72|
|€19761 - €22800||€86|
|€22801 - €25840||€92|
|€25841 - €28880||€103|
|€28881 - €31920||€114|
|€31921 - €34960||€123|
|€34961 - €38000||€133|
|€38001 - €41040||€143|
|€41041 - €44080||€153|
|€44081 - €47120||€165|
|€47121 - €50160||€175|
|€50161 - €53200||€186|
|€53201 - €56240||€196|
|€56241 - €59280||€205|
|€59281 - €74480||€235|
|€74481 - €89680||€285|
|€89681 - €104880||€335|
*Euro exchange rates as at August 2016
- Please note a receipt will be issued with all transactions and you are likely to be entitled to tax relief on the cost of your membership subscriptions. If you are not already receiving this benefit, please apply to your local tax office or enter details on your next tax return or, alternatively, have you considered gift aid?
- UK taxpayers only please consider filling out the gift aid declaration.
- Payments can be made in pounds sterling or euros.
- Payment can be made to the Association online on this website or by bacs, cheque or credit card directly with the ARA office, please make cheques payable to Archives and Records Association. To pay by card over the telephone please contact the Association office on 01823 327077.
Note that you are likely to be entitled to tax relief on the cost of your membership subscriptions. If you are not already receiving this benefit, apply to your tax office or enter details on your next tax return.