Church Recording is an important voluntary activity unique to the Arts Society, helping to raise public awareness of the activities of The Society locally and nationally. The principal aim is to produce, to a specific format, a comprehensive Record, including photographs, of the furnishings, artefacts and fabric of the church. It offers volunteers the opportunity to make a contribution to the preservation, protection and the recognition of the heritage within churches. Working in a dedicated team and collaborating with professionals when doing research gives great satisfaction and a genuine sense of achievement
Church recording is much more than just listing artefacts as our small team of recorders and photographer have found. There are books, experts and advice from The Arts Society to help us with the compilation. We have all become very involved and enjoy researching the background and history of the items. This year we will be recording at St Giles Church Langford and All Saints Church at Little Totham. We are made most welcome at both churches.
Anyone who would like to come to see what we are doing is more than welcome. Volunteers help us as and when they can, not necessarily every week. This year sessions will be held on a Monday or Wednesday at 10 am.
The bound copy of the record will be presented to the church. Digital/laser copies will be sent to National Art Library at Victoria & Albert Museum, the County Record Office, Church Care Library, and English Heritage Archive. Archivists, researchers and academics find the Records invaluable. An Arts Society Church Record can assist in the event of loss due to theft or serious damage. This makes us recorders feel we are making a worthwhile contribution.
Church recording will recommence at St Giles on Wednesday 13 April at 10 am. Click here for more details. It is intended that future sessions will be held on a Monday or Wednesday at 10 am at either St Giles or All Saints.
To view a church website go to www.stgileslangford.org.uk.
The annual church crawl organised by The Arts Society – Saffron Walden will take place on Tuesday 8th August 2017.
We will be visiting 3 churches in North West Essex this year, starting with St Mary the Virgin, Radwinter, followed by the Church St Mary the Virgin, Little Sampford, and , in the afternoon to St John the Baptist with Our Lady and St Laurence, Thaxted.Click here for more details