The Arts Society’s Church Records are, by and far, the most thorough representation of what is contained in the nation’s churches; used by Historians, Antiquarians, researchers, writers and producers in their work.
The Records go into the national archives of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man as a permanent record for centuries to come. They can also be accessed by the public at the National Art Library at the V&A, which holds a complete set.
The Arts Society has recently been awarded a grant from the charity Allchurches Trust to make the Records available online from 2018.
The Records are an invaluable resource for churches and church bodies, which use the material for guidebooks, presentations, fund raising and grant applications. They are also used for insurance purposes as evidence when there is theft or damage.
Important discoveries exposed during recording are reported to specialist organisations such as The Royal Armouries, National Portrait Gallery and Royal Museums Greenwich to expand their archives.
Increasingly the Records are also used to increase public awareness of our church heritage and in justifying government aid in the preservation of this heritage.