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

  • Museum databases

    The tools and processes involved in working with museum databases.

  • Collection management software

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

  • Conservation techniques

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Supervise artefact movement

    Supervise any movement of museum artefacts and ensure their security.

  • Compose condition reports

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

  • Manage loans

    Keep track of earnings and expenses; manage employee salaries.

  • 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.

  • Ensure safety of exhibition

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

  • 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.

  • Work independently on exhibitions

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

  • Deliver correspondence

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

  • 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.

  • Use ICT recources to solve work related tasks

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

  • 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.

  • Prepare loan contracts

    Compose loan contracts; understand and implement accompanying insurance conditions.

Optional knowledge and skills

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