Church Recorders

Church Recorders are volunteers who document the artistic heritage to be found in places of worship by recording the contents of churches, including memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, library (books and documents), windows and miscellaneous items (organs, pianos, clocks, floor tiles etc).

The items are described in detail and their history researched. All the material is then compiled into a book illustrated with photographs and drawings. This is presented to the church, with copies sent to national institutions such as the V&A Art Library and English Heritage.

The current Hart Group has completed 9 churches since 1998. The latest is St Mary’s, Winchfield, a medieval church with Victorian additions. The record was finished this year (2017) and presented to the church. The glory of the church is its Norman Chancel arch shown in the photograph. 

We have just started work on St Mary’s, Eversley, a very different church dating from 1724 with Victorian additions. Charles Kingsley, author of The Water Babies, was rector at St Mary’s from 1844–1875 and we plan to complete the record in time for the bicentenary of his birth in 2019.  

For more information please contact our Group Organiser Sandy Gray at or speak to any Committee member at a lecture meeting.