Church Recording for TAS is "making a record of the contents of the church - windows, memorials, woodwork, stonework, textiles etc. It is a very accurate, careful and well-researched record of the contents at that time. It is a record, rather than a historical study. The details of measurements, content, design, designer, date are taken, and then written up in a very precise format. The group only records what they see and do not make artistic or quality judgments.

Primarily, a bound copy of the record is for the church. Photocopies are given to the Diocesan Archives and the libraries of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Council for the Care of Churches and TAS. A set of photographs is also lodged with the Council for the Care of Churches."

The Church Recording group of The Arts Society Stafford is now in its twelvth year and is now working at Our Lady of the Assumption, Swynnerton. This is a Roman Catholic church and only a handful have been recorded by NADFAS. It presents a new challenge to the group as the terminology and some objects differs from those in an Anglican church.

The first recording undertaken by The Arts Society Stafford was at Saint Saviour Church, Aston-by-Stone; it took two years to complete and was presented to the Archdeacon of Stoke-on-Trent at the Harvest Festival service in October 2006. Then followed the Christopher Wren Church, Saint Mary's Ingestre, and the record was presented in September 2011 to the Bishop of Stafford in the presence of the Earl & Countess of Shrewsbury, together with a commemorative NADFAS kneeler for the Church. A smaller Church Record was also presented earlier that year to the Trustees of the Alms House Chapel in Stafford, a non-denominational chapel.

Saint Peter’s, Gayton, was presented in July 2013. It is an interesting, small church containing a 12th century chancel arch, a 13th century wall tomb and medieval floor tiles.

Saint Lawrence at Coppenhall, presented October 2013, is a 13th century church with a 20th century east window by the Camm studio. Stafford DFAS members may recall Florence Camm was the subject of the lecture by Sally Hoban, in November 2012.

Compiling is underway for the St Thomas, Walton-on-the-Hill, record and is expected to be presented towards the end 2014.

The Arts Society Stafford Church Recorders meet twice a month, usually on a Wednesday, for a couple of hours and then do more work at home from their notes. There is always an exciting sense of anticipation in starting a new church – they never know what they may find, which is what makes Church Recording so interesting!

If you are interested in joining any of the teams or have future ideas that we may be interested in please contact The Arts Society Stafford at