THE ARTS SOCIETY North Kent

Church Recorders promote recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage in places of worship by recording the contents of churches of all religions. Participating churches are presented with an illustrated book detailing each item and its history.

Church Recorders work as a team at a single local church or place of worship. In pairs, they research and document memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, libraries, windows and other items.

Experienced Recorders provide training, and a wide range of experts can be called upon for advice. It takes about three years to complete a Church Record and to present the volume to the church or other place of worship.

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
  • the local County Records Office (or the Diocesan authorities)
  • Church Buildings Council
  • Victoria and Albert Museum 
  • English Heritage Archives

Who benefits? 

As well as being a source of tremendous pleasure and interest to Church Recorders and worshippers alike, Church Records serve a number of practical purposes. They are used by:

  • the church authorities as a complete furnishing record
  • the police, who can use the accurate descriptions and photographs to identify retrieved stolen artefacts
  • Insurance companies who use the Records to identify items
  • Researchers who are producing theses and books on allied subjects