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Registrars Department



Registrars Department



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Files include loan out files and files recording potential loans which were cancelled.

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Administrative history

Registrars are responsible for organising the transport, security, insurance and display of works of art, both at the National Gallery and whilst travelling to and between other venues. The Collection Registrars make these arrangements for the Gallery's own paintings when they are lent to exhibitions and for long loans in to the Gallery. Exhibition Registrars are responsible for loans in to the Gallery's exhibitions and orchestrate the installations and dismantling of these shows. Registrars also maintain the inventory of the Collection.

The first Registrar was appointed in 1977. In 1990, post came under the Exhibition and Display Department and from 1991 it was a a department in its own right.

In 2012 the Registrar were split between the Collection Registrars and the Exhibition Registrars.

Custodial history

The files were kept by the department before transfer to the record store

Related material

NG16: Registry files for earlier file system

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