Registrars

There are over 90,000 works in the National Galleries of Scotland's collection, each with its own unique identity and often on the move. The logistics for transporting, borrowing, lending, installing, documenting and storing the collection are managed by the Registrars' Department.

Much of this department’s work revolves around the Galleries' flourishing exhibitions and loans programmes. We borrow as well as lend, and great works by Monet and Gauguin, Freud and Bacon, cross the world to join our exhibitions in Edinburgh. Likewise, making sure that our loans safely reach (and return from) Cardiff or Sydney is all part of a day's work.

Sometimes there are over 1,000 location changes across the Galleries in a single month. Keeping track of all these movements is vital and so maintaining the Collection database is essential for day-to-day operations.