The Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) is the membership body for those who work in the archives and for those in recordkeeping or conservation roles. ARA members also include those who own archives and all who use and care about them. ARA delivers training, development and networking opportunities to its members and advocates widely for and about the sector.

ARA took a coordination role in the groundbreaking project to bring together archives and schools who had Schools Admissions Registers and then work with Findmypast to deliver a new, national resource for family and education history.