Church Recorders are volunteers who make records of the contents of our national churches, thereby promoting the recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage to be found in places of worship of all religions. 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 and copies are sent to national institutions.

Over past years volunteers from  The Arts Society Dorset County have completed Records of four churches : St Peter's Winterborne Came, St Andrew's West Stafford, St Peter's Portesham, St Mary the Virgin Charminster.

Our fifth Record: for St Mary the Virgin Church at Puddletown was presented to the Church Wardens and the Vicar, Rev Sarah Hillman at the end of the morning service in August 2014, witnessed by most of the Church Recording Team. It took eight years to complete, partly because this fascinating church contains such a wealth of treasures. During this time the Athelhampton Chapel was restored. It contains more medieval effigies than any parish church in the south west of England.