Since the 1990’s there has been a Church Recording wing of the Arts Society Northamptonshire ( formally NorthantsDFAS). Our society's Church Recorders have so far recorded nine churches. We are about to complete the record on St. Mary The Virgin Church at Gayton. All churches have a 'Terrier' book that records everything to do with that church, but they are not always very detailed and for various reasons not up to date. The information contained in our Arts Society's record is a complete and detailed list of the contents in that particular church at a certain time. They have proved a useful reference tool and have helped identify stolen artefacts.
All the material is compiled into a beautifully illustrated book detailing each item and its history with photographs and drawings which is presented to the Church.
The Church Recording team usually work in pairs. They research and document the memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, libraries and windows in every detail for the church record.
Usually we meet in the church over the spring, summer, and early autumn. During the winter we work on compilation and research as it's too chilly in the church. It is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and make a huge contribution to our historic archive. It can take several years to complete a Church Record. Each recording is a voyage of discovery into local history and can become addictive so be warned.
We are always delighted to welcome new members to the group so if you have a passion for church heritage and would like to become a Church Recorder please get in touch. However, you must be a member of our Society to participate for insurance and copywriting purposes.