Church Recorders are Arts Society volunteers, recording the contents of our churches, promoting the recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage found in all places of worship. Already nearly two thousand churches have been recorded across the country. The history of items, which is described in detail, is researched and, from this, a book is compiled complete with photographs and drawings. Copies of this are sent to the V & A, Historic England at Swindon, the Worcester Diocesan Record Office at the Hive, the Cathedrals and Church Buildings Library at Church House, Westminster and of course given to the church itself.

The Arts Society Worcester group have recorded 21 churches in the Worcester Diocese.

We presented the record of St. Philip and St. James, Whittington to the church in 2018. At the moment (2019-2020) St. Mary the Virgin, Hanbury, a large church, is being compiled and St. Stephen’s, Worcester is being recorded.

We have one visit a year to places of particular interest. In 2019 we went to Cuddesdon Theological College to look at the new Chapel where we were given lunch and a very interesting talk from one of the architects. In the afternoon we had a conducted tour of St. Mary, Oxford.

We are always looking for new recruits to our enthusiastic and committed group. We meet on alternate Monday mornings from 10.00 until 12.00. At the moment we are having a winter break as the church can be very cold and we will start again on March 9th 2020.

If you are interested contact Keith Bridges by email or at an Arts Society meeting.