Church Recording was launched by NADFAS (now The Arts Society) in 1973 in response to the challenge from the V&A: “would it be possible for groups of volunteers to acquire the expertise to record and archive the artefacts inside churches to a professional standard?”.

Since then, the process for recording the contents of our places of worship has been perfected. Many of the Recorders are now experts in their field, sharing their knowledge with the Church Recording community and beyond.

Although, after 47 years, Church Recording Society is successor to The Arts Society nationally, most Church Recording Groups continue to be a volunteering activity of their local decorative and fine arts society of The Arts Society.