Church Recording

Recording the Past for the Future

The Arts Society's Church Recording promotes the recognition and preservation of  our rich artistic national heritage by recording the contents of  the nation's churches. Participating churches are presented with an illustrated bound book detailing with great accuracy each item and its history. Copies are also sent to national institutions- Victoria & Albert Library, Church Care and Historic England as well as the local record office. To see the full list of records completed please click here

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?

Quotes from Church Recorders- '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...

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 1,970 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 (now The Arts Society) members to produce detailed inventories of that heritage before it was too late. To date over 1,970 Church Records have been presented to churches and copies deposited in national and local archives. We have over 2800 Recorders busy completing approximately 60 Records per year. As volunteers, they are highly motivated to give something back to the community, and enjoy, as well as working as part of a team and discovering fasinating histories behind many of the items within the church. 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.

Example of Church Record

Please click to see an extract from a Church Record (St Mary’s Church, Culford, Suffolk)

Examples of Church Recording

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If you are already a Church Recorder please click here to login to The Church Recorder microsite where documents relating to Church Recording are stored.

Church Recording examples

See some of the Church Records we have already produced

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