How Does Church Recording Work?

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.

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:

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

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Church Recorders — in their own words

The volunteer Church Recorders give an insight into how they go about recording a church, the detective skills and the enjoyment of working as a team to compile a detailed record.



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