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The Impact of Church Recording

Posted on Feb 8, 2016

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, writers and producers in their work.

The Records go into the national archives of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man as a permanent record for centuries to come. They can also be accessed by the public at the National Art Library at the V&A, which holds a complete set.

The Records are an invaluable resource for churches and church bodies, which use the material for guidebooks, presentations, fund raising and grant applications. They are also used for insurance purposes as evidence when there is theft or damage.

Important discoveries exposed during recording are reported to specialist organisations such as The Royal Armouries, National Portrait Gallery...

Why join a church recording group?

Posted on Feb 8, 2016

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.

There is a terrific camarderie. You work together and pick one another's brains. It's a hobby that I have grown to love'- Angela Goedicke, Church Recorder.

“I was looking for something to do!...I’d never heard of Church Recording but on meeting a recorder, I now do the church memorials as I like typography, and you discover so much about people and the extraordinary lives they led…19 children for example!’

“…going into a church was like a treasure hunt – finding such fascinating facts and we are learning all the time.”

Quote from a Church Warden-

“You have given a great gift, something money cannot buy – a living history”

How to become a Church Recorder

Posted on Feb 8, 2016

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

List of Past Churches Recorded

Posted on Feb 8, 2016

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 Society Church Recorders.

Presenting records

Posted on Feb 8, 2016

Church Recording

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

Posted on Feb 8, 2016

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

Posted on Feb 8, 2016

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