NADFAS are hoping to recruit more Church Recorders.

Who are Church Recorders?

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. Copies are also sent to national institutions, such as County Records Offices, Church Buildings Council, Victoria and Albert Museum and English Heritage Archives.

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 present the volume to the church or place of worship. Apart from being a source of pleasure, these records serve several practical purposes. They comprise a complete furnishing record of use to church authorities, police and insurance companies, as well as being of interest to academics researching theses and books.