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WHAT IS CHURCH RECORDING ?

Canon law requires that each church must keep a record of its possessions in a document known as ‘THE TERRIER AND INVENTORY’. Part of the document is devoted to listing the furnishings within its walls. Such listings are not in detail and the Church Recorders aim to remedy that deficiency. Today with theft and vandalism demanding police work and insurance claims a detailed record is of considerable help.

Church Recorders were founded in 1973 by The Arts Society after lengthy consultation with the Victoria and Albert Museum with whom we still consult and they hold a record of each church plus photographs of Memorials, Metalwork, Stonework, Textiles, Paintings, Library, Windows and Miscellaneous items of every church recorded. A record is presented to the Church, Diocesan Records Office, Council for the Care of Churches and the National Monuments Record Centre.

Opportunities exist with support from your committee for participating in church recording, church trails, and heritage volunteering.