The Arts Society Church Recording volunteers have been carefully recording the contents of churches for more than 45 years.

Since 1971 our dedicated Church Recorders have documented 1,800 churches around the country. Volunteers currently total 2,300 individuals making up 170 groups nationally.


The 50,000+ churches of the UK and the Isle of Man house some of the country’s most important treasurers, displaying a huge wealth of human creativity. Volunteers examine the churches’ metalwork, sculpture, woodwork, stonework, textiles, paintings, manuscripts, memorials and windows.

Consulting with experts and authoritative organisations, volunteers meticulously and methodically examine, research, record and photograph the furnishings, artefacts and fabric of places of worship – often making exciting discoveries along the way.


All the material obtained is compiled into a book, illustrated with photographs and drawings, which is presented to the church or place of worship and copies are sent to national institutions.


If you wish to volunteer to train as a Church Recorder or are looking for volunteers to make a detailed inventory of your church or place of worship please contact