What is Church Recording?  It is Recording the Past for the Future.

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.

2019 - We are now undertaking our 6th church record for St. Andrew's Church, Minterne Magna.  A wonderful small church beside Minterne House with some beautiful memorials and stained glass windows.  We meet, with our coffee thermos and mugs, mostly on Tuesday's between 10 - 12 noon during the spring and summer and then take to the History Centre in Dorchester during the winter months to follow up on our research.  

We are all new volunteers working on this wonderful project with help from the Sherborne Church Recording Team.  None of us have ever done this before but we are getting so much out of it. We are working as a team and making new friendships, we are creating a nationally important record, we are learning new skills and developing new expertise.  If you would be interested in learning more or would just like to come and look please contact Helen Wagstaffe