Church Recorders

Documenting Heritage

The Arts Society Sherborne has agreed to continue our support to the Sherborne Church Recording Group, despite support from the Arts Society centrally recently being discontinued.
The Sherborne Group carries on locally with the work that started in 1973 by NADFAS (now The Arts Society), following a suggestion from the Victoria and Albert Museum, and which has resulted in the recording of the contents of hundreds of churches in Britain. Some amazing artefacts, and facts, have been found during this work.
The Sherborne Group has recently completed records of St Laurence, Holwell and St Mary Magdalene, Thornford. The latter will be finalised and presented to the church during the next few months.
If you think this might interest you, please contact us through and we will put you in touch with the Group Leader.

Past projects

Ecosculpture Workshop

St Laurence, Holwell

In October 2019 the record of St. Laurence, Holwell, was presented to the vicar and the village at a coffee morning given for us. This record was completed the previous April, but the Post Office lost the bound copy, so we made a temporary copy available until October.
Church Recorders

St Mary Magdalene, Thornford

Sherborne has a flourishing, successful Church Recording Group.Their latest record of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Thornford is currently being printed and will be presented to the church when this is allowed. Due to the pandemic they are unable to start on their next church.
Church Recorders

Our Recorders record in accurate detail, the contents of the nation’s places of worship – windows, memorials, stonework, metalwork, woodwork, textiles, paintings and miscellaneous items. A beautifully bound Church Record is then given to the church which has been recorded.

Quotes from some Church Recorders

“The work is interesting and rewarding. You are recording the contents and history of the church for future generations”

“I joined a lively, friendly group for fun, information and research into our country`s heritage. The bonus was finding a captivating, fascinating and absorbing hobby.”