Presentation of the Records to St Mary's Church, Thunderidge and St John's High Cross

With all the work complete, the Records of Church Furnishings were presented to the Revd. Amanda Duncan with churchwarden Eddy Hunt at St Margaret's on Sunday May 26th 2019 (top picture) and churchwardens Ann Pateman and Alan Munns at St John's on Sunday June 2nd 2019 ( lower picture)

What is a Church Record?  A comprehensive list of all the different furnishings inside a Church (stained glass, wood carvings, silver, etc).

 Who are Church Recorders?  The people lucky enough to spend their time in churches exploring their treasures and uncovering the stories of the people who’ve worshipped there in the past.

 Why are Records needed?  To provide an accurate and complete inventory of a church’s contents and to help preserve the country’s rich artistic heritage.

 What qualifications are needed?  Absolutely none; merely a love of churches and an enthusiasm for on-going learning.  Church Recorders work as a team, sharing their knowledge and expertise with one another.  Occasionally an expert joins the Team for help in certain specialisms, eg heraldry, memorial inscriptions, textiles.                                                                     

What sort of commitment is there?  Church Recorders meet during the warmer months of the year to carry out field work in local churches.  The East Herts group will start to record St Mary's Church at Stansted St. Margarets in May 2019.  Thursday is the regular meeting day but weekly attendance isn’t essential.

 Who should I speak to?  Rosemary Davis is the Leader of the East Herts group.  She would be delighted to welcome new members to the group as there is always work to be done.  Her details are in the Programme Card: 01279 419763 or

 What is the historical background to Church Recording?  The initiative to compile records started in 1973 (in consultation with the Victoria and Albert Museum) when it was recognised that the heritage in churches was under threat from many different factors:  break-ins and theft, ignorance of what churches possessed, a general lack of interest and a lack of money to care for what they owned.  The final Record is broken down into nine different categories: Memorials, Metalwork, Stonework, Woodwork, Textiles, Paintings, Windows, Books and other items.  V&A receives the completed copy of the Record, together with English Heritage, the Church Care Library, the County Record Office and, of course, the church.