Church Recorders are volunteer members of of The Arts Society who make records of the contents of our national churches, thereby promoting the recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage to be found in places of worship of all religions. Church recording is a fascinating occupation providing those involved with an increasing awareness and understanding of church furnishings, both of their religious use and of their artistic provenance. During their research Recorders will invariably need to delve into all sorts of historical records lodged with county and other archives. Nationally, 2,000 Church Records have now been completed.
Following the recent Volunteer Impact Review, as of 31 December 2020 Church Recording will no longer be officially sponsored by The Arts Society. However, a national team are currently working on the creation of a Church Recording Society which will provide many of the support functions (except finance) which have been available until the end of this year. You can read a summary of the team's progress here. For more details of the team's survey and deliberations click here and here. Please note that Julia Pursehouse is no longer our area's official CR representative.
The picture, below, shows some of the Shrewsbury society's Church Recorders taking a break from their latest project at St Michael and All Angels, Alberbury, in the Hereford Diocese.
Behind, with camera, is Tim Roberts, team photographer