CHURCH RECORDERS

TASC does not have its own group of church recorders, but any member who would like to become involved in church recording would be welcomed by the existing group of church recorders in Cambridge.  The following is an outline of the work of church recorders:

* Church Recorders are Arts Society volunteers 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.

* The items are described in detail and their history researched.  All the material is then compiled into a book illustrated with photographs and drawings.  This is presented to the church and copies are sent to national institutions.

* Church Recorders work as part of a team, choosing a single local church to record and then working in pairs on different sections of the church furnishings: memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, library, windows and miscellaneous.  It is useful if the group can include members with certain skills, eg architect, librarian, archivist, book binder, typist, photographer, if some of these exist within the society.

* Training is given by experienced recorders and help is available from a wide range of experts with whom we share our discoveries.  It takes about three years to complete a church record and the sense of achievement when the finished volume is presented is matched by the delight with which it is received.

* When a Church Record is completed of an Anglican Church in England, five copies are made and lodged with:

The church 

The local County Records Office (or the Diocesan authorities) 

Church Buildings Council

Victoria and Albert Museum

National Monuments Records Centre

* Comparable arrangements are made for Records of churches of other denominations and of churches elsewhere in the UK. 

* Who benefits? 

The church authorities who have a complete furnishing record 

The police who use our accurate descriptions and photographs to identify retrieved stolen artefacts. 

Insurance companies who use our Records to identify items 

Researchers who are producing theses and books on allied subjects  If you would like to know more about church recording and would be interested in joining the group in Cambridge, please contact Fiona Ewart.

September 2018