Church Recording

Recording the Past for the Future

Church Recording promotes recognition and preservation of  our rich artistic heritage by recording the contents of  Churches. Participating churches are presented with an illustrated book detailing each item and its history. Copies are also sent to national institutions.

The Impact of Church Recording

The Arts Society’s Church Records are, by and far, the most thorough representation of what is contained in the nation’s churches; used by Historians, Antiquarians, researchers,...

Why join a church recording group?

'It has taught me so much. I went in knowing nothing about architecture, stained-glass windows or heraldry, I have learnt so much over the years. There is a terrific camarderie...

How to become a Church Recorder

We’re always on the lookout for new volunteers to join our Church Recorder Groups.

List of Past Churches Recorded

Since Church Recording began over 1,940 churches have been recorded by our Church Recording Groups Please click here for the list of Churches previously recorded by The Arts...

Church Recording

Presenting records

In addition to the volume presented to the church, Church Records are also presented to relevant national bodies. For example, when a Church Record of an Anglican Church in England is completed, copies are lodged with: the church recorded, the local County or Diocesan Records Office which holds the diocesan archive, ChurchCare, Victoria & Albert Museum Art Library, Historic England Archives

A brief history of Church Recording

The idea of Church Recording arose in 1971 when the Victoria and Albert Museum, aware of the vulnerability of the contents of many churches to damage and loss, sought the assistance of NADFAS members to produce detailed inventories of that heritage before it was too late. To date some 1400 Church Records have been presented to churches and copies deposited in national and local archives. Some 2800 Recorders are busy completing about 60 Records per year. As volunteers, they are highly motivated to give something back to the community, and enjoy working as part of a team. They have the commitment, discipline and the enthusiasm to see projects through to completion and take great pride in the high quality of their research and Records.

Examples of Church Recording

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Church Recording examples

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