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 newly formed Church Recording Society (CRS) which will provide many of the support functions (except finance) which were available until the end of 2020. The CRS have now launched their own website at www.churchrecordingsociety.org.uk .
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