Church Recording was launched by NADFAS 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.

In 2021 Church Recording Society was formed by the Church Recorders themselves to take over being the national society for the church recording project. Most Church Recording Groups have been a volunteering activity of one of the UK wide decorative and fine arts societies affiliated to The Arts Society (NADFAS’s operating name). This continues to be the case.