ARA membership is open to all those working or volunteering in the Archives and Records Management sector. Choose from the following categories below.
Student membership is open to all those studying ARA-accredited courses. It is a demonstration of your commitment to the record-keeping profession and a great addition to your CV. It shows a level of commitment early on in your career, particularly if you are involved in the Section for New Professionals or any of the ARA’s activities.
Individual membership is open to all those who work in the archives, archive conservation and records management sector in the UK and Ireland. It provides access to a range of ARA member benefits, and enables you to engage in all ARA activities. More importantly, Individual Membership is your first step towards qualifying for one of the ARA’s three professional qualifications; FMARA, RMARA and FARA.
International membership is a sub-category of individual membership. International membership is open to all who work in archives, archive conservation and records management outside the UK and Ireland. It provides access to an arrange of ARA member benefits, and enables you to engage in ARA activities.
Affiliate Membership is open to anyone with an interest in archives, archive conservation and records management, or who works in a sector related to archives and records management. Affiliate membership is also open to students studying related subjects that are not accredited by the ARA.
- Supporter Membership (free until December 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.
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 this category of membership.
The membership category Institutional Affiliate delivers most of the benefits of individual membership to organisations but does not include participation in professional development nor taking part in ARA committees.
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
|Individual 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)
|As stated below.|
|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 April 2018
- 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.