Church Recorders work as a team at a local church or place of worship. Our first project has been to research, document and photograph all the memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, libraries and windows at St James’ Finchampstead.

Robin Simmonds, our complier, is in the final stages of gathering together the details of all the items and creating a single illustrated volume which will be presented to the church. In addition, copies will also go to the Victoria and Albert Museum Art Library and the Historic England Archive.

The majority of the team of Recorders had never undertaken this work before but they have developed new skills and developed new friendships as a result of taking part in this project. Once it is completed there are plans to begin another project but the team would welcome new members to join them.