On 23 June, during the 10 a.m. Morning Service, the Church Recording team from the Arts Society, Leeds will be presenting the completed Church Record to St Peter’s Church, Addingham.    

Four years ago, almost to the day, we met with members of the Parochial Church Council to seek their permission to record the internal fabric of their wonderful Church which has been a centre for worship since Anglo-Saxon times.  From September 2015, barring funerals, decorating, dry and wet rot treatments and the occasional clergy jamboree, we have met on every other Monday. We recorded, to a very precise format, the Memorials, Stonework, Woodwork, Windows, Textiles, Paintings, Metalwork (which are self-explanatory) and two other sections called ‘Library’ and ‘Miscellaneous’ (which are not!).  We were a small team on a journey of discovery (only two members had recorded before), which we found challenging and rewarding.  We plan to show you the fruits of our labours at the June meeting. In many ways Church Recording is an indulgence, but we do a useful job – the Police and Insurance Companies appreciate our precise descriptions of valuable objects, down to the last scratch and tear, for identification purposes if there is a theft.  Copies of our records also go to the Victoria & Albert Museum, Historic England and the ChurchCare Library, so we are also contributing to research.















With all good wishes,
Anne MacArthur, Angela Wilcox

Church Recorders Study Day — Thursday 26 September 2019
Janusz Karczeweski-Slowikowski, an accredited Arts Society lecturer, will be presenting a study day for church recorders  on Thursday 26 September at the Bar Convent in York. The day will cover woodwork construction techniques, styles, decoration, identification of woods and, of course, a lot of examples of church woodwork and the furniture etc. that is to be found in churches. The day will not just benefit those recording Woodwork but is relevant to other disciplines such as Metalwork and Stonework.

‘Recording the past for the future’ is the motto of Church Recording.

If the idea appeals to you, please contact the Church Recording Group Leader on: