Church Recording is one of the volunteer activities of The Arts Society.   The idea started when the Victoria and Albert Museum, aware of the vulnerability of many churches to damage or loss, asked TAS for help in producing detailed inventories for churches.

The actual recording is done in great detail and includes everything inside the church.  We work in pairs documenting and photographing all the furnishings.  On completion, a bound record is presented to the church and further copies go to the Heritage Archive, V&A, the Church Authority and the Country Record Office to preserve our churches heritage and for research purposes.

If you are interested in becoming a church recorder please use the "contact us" link. No special knowledge is needed just an interest in churches, an ability to work with a team, an enthusiasm to learn something different and make new friends.  More information about the volunteer activities of Church Recorders can be found by viewing the Church Recorders Podcast.

Since the Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross Church Recorders Group was formed in 1997 it has made a record of seven local churches the last being St John the Baptist Church at Little Marlow.  The group will be starting a new project in the summer at St James the Less at Stubbings

We continue to meet on the 3rd Friday of the month and anyone who is interested to see the Recorders at work would be very welcome to come along, and perhaps eventually join.

In April 2018  The Beaconsfield & Gerrards Cross Church Recording Group received the  ' Marsh Award for Volunteering with the Arts Society 2018  in recognition of dedication to Church Recording '. 

This is a very prestigious award.


The churches we have recorded:

  • All Saints, Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks 2001
  • St. Nicolas, Taplow, Bucks 2004
  • St. Nicholas, Hedsor, Bucks 2008
  • St. James, Fulmer, Bucks 2010
  • St James the Less, Dorney, Bucks 2013
  • St Mary the Virgin, Denham, Bucks 2016
  • St John the Baptist, Little Marlow 2019