What are Church Recorders?

Church Recorders are members of The Arts Society King's Lynn who have an interest in preserving important artefacts and providing archival material for future researchers.  They compile a full record of the contents of churches of all religions, to promote recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage in places of worship.  They are not necessarily experts in any particular subject but are willing to learn and increase their expertise.  Training and expert advice are available for members who would like to participate in recording a church.

Participating churches are presented with an illustrated book detailing each item and its history.  Copies are sent to English Heritage National Archive, Church House, the V&A Library and local Archives.

The Arts Society Records benefit:

  • the church authorities who have a complete furnishing record.
  • the police who use our accurate description and photographs to help recover and identify retrieved stolen artefacts.
  • insurance companies who use our records to identify items.
  • researchers who are producing these and books on allied subjects.

Kings Lynn Church Recorders have completed their recording at All Saints, Narborough, which is now being compiled.  We hope to present the Record in the Autumn.

We have now started to record at St Faith’s church, Gaywood and will be there every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12noon.  Do come and visit us.


Alison Wakes-Miller