Profession exhibition registrar

Exhibition registrars organise, manage and document movement of museum artefacts to and from storage, display and exhibitions. This happens in collaboration with private or public partners such as art transporters, insurers and restorers, within the museum and outside.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Investigative
  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Conservation techniques

    The procedures, instruments, techniques, materials and chemicals used in conservation and archiving.

  • Collection management software

    Be familiar with specialised collection management software used to document and keep record of the museum collection.

  • Museum databases

    The tools and processes involved in working with museum databases.

Skills

  • Advise on loans of art work for exhibitions

    Working together with curators and museum collection managers, a registrar evaluates the condition of art objects for exhibition or loan purposes. The registrar also decides whether or not an artwork is able to withstand the stresses of travel or exposition.

  • Document museum collection

    Registrars are concerned with documentation and record keeping of museum collections. Documentation includes information about an object's condition, provenance, materials, and all of its movements within the museum or out on loan.

  • Assess object condition

    Work together with the collection manager or restorer, to evaluate and document the condition of a museum object for a loan or an exhibition.

  • Respect cultural differences in the field of exhibition

    Respect cultural differences when creating artistic concepts and exhibitions. Collaborate with international artists, curators, museums and sponsors.

  • Ensure safety of exhibition

    Ensure safety of exhibition environment and of artefacts by applying safety devices.

  • Work independently on exhibitions

    Work autonomously on the development of a framework for artistic projects such as locations and workflows.

  • Manage loans

    Keep track of earnings and expenses; manage employee salaries.

  • Compose condition reports

    Document the condition of artworks prior to and after movement and manipulation.

  • Cope with challenging demands

    Maintain a positive attitude towards new and challenging demands such as interaction with artists and handling of artistic artefacts. Work under pressure such as dealing with last moment changes in time schedules and financial restraints.

  • Use ICT recources to solve work related tasks

    Ability to choose and use ICT recources in order to solve related tasks

  • Communicate in English at a competent user level

    Competent use of English; R351refers to level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

  • Supervise artefact movement

    Supervise any movement of museum artefacts and ensure their security.

  • Advise on tax policy

    Advise government officials on changes in tax policies and procedures, and the implementation of new policies on a national and local level.

  • Prepare loan contracts

    Compose loan contracts; understand and implement accompanying insurance conditions.

  • Deliver correspondence

    Distribute mail correspondence, newspapers, packages and private messages to customers.

  • Advise on government policy compliance

    Advise organisations on how they may improve their compliance to the applicable government policies they are required to adhere to, and the necessary steps which need to be taken in order to ensure complete compliance.

  • Implement risk management for works of art

    A registrar determines risk factors to an art collection and mitigates them. Risk factors for artworks include vandalism, theft, pests, emergencies, and natural disasters. It is the responsibility of a registrar to develop and implement strategies to minimise these risks.

  • Advise on art handling

    Advise and instruct other museum professionals and technicians on how to manipulate, move, store and present artifacts, according to their physical characteristics.

Optional knowledge and skills

handle art art history art collections give instructions to staff manage loan administration lead inspections liaise with cultural partners provide railway technical advice advise on foreign affairs policies train guides interact with an audience monitor museum environment provide advice on travel destinations

Common job titles

  • Assistant registrar
  • Registrar
  • Manager of museum collections and exhibitions
  • Paleontology collections manager - registrar
  • Registrar's assistant
  • Loans & exhibits registrar
  • Curatorial assistant
  • Venice biennale us exhibition and program coodinator