The Archives & Records Association (UK & Ireland) seeks to ensurethat its membership, the holdings that archives acquire and manage, andthe users whom we serve reflect the diversity of our society.

ARA Statement on Diversity

The Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) (ARA) seeks to ensure that its membership, organisations that manage records, the holdings that archives acquire, preserve/conserve and manage, and the users and stakeholders that we work with and serve reflect the diversity of our society.

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The ARA recognises that this commitment must be reflected in working practices at all levels of the association and therefore is enshrined within its published Equal Opportunities Policy.

In addition, the ARA it has created a Diversity Working Group to support the delivery of targeted activity in support of this statement. The working party will promote existing best practice in terms of recruitment, training, audience development, volunteering and collecting from diverse groups, etc. However, a key objective is also to consider how we can move on from this to attracting diverse groups to paid employment within the archives, records management and conservation professions.        

Equal Opportunities Policy

The ARA is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all within the world of archives, records management and archive conservation, regardless of race, colour, religious beliefs or practices, ethnic or national origin, disabilities, gender, sexuality, social background, marital status and age. In particular, the ARA is committed to encouraging equal access to education and training, employment and advancement within the profession. If members hear of situations where individuals or organisations are working against these values, please tell us.

The ARA Code of Ethics can be found here.      

Below are the results from our Equality Monitoring surveys.

pdf ARA Equality Monitoring summary 2012

pdf ARA Equality Monitoring summary 2013

pdf ARA Equality Monitoring summary 2014

pdf ARA Equality Monitoring summary 2015

pdf  ARA Equality Monitoring summary 2020