Church Recording is a NADFAS voluntary activity which was established nationally in 1971. The V and A, aware of loss and damage to contents and structure of churches, asked for assistance from NADFAS to provide detailed inventories. To date 1300 Church Records have been produced.
Church Recorders work in teams and our local team includes members of both SEDFAS and Dover Deal DFAS and is led by one of our members. The activity involves recording in detail a range of artefacts and architectural elements using the format set by NADFAS. This is accompanied by a host of photographic images taken by an interested enthusiast. The end result is a substantial illustrated record of the church. Five copies of the completed Record are produced and these are distributed to the church, the Cathedral Archives, the V and A Art Library, the Church Authority and the Heritage Archive. These Records have also proved to have been of great value to the police in recovering stolen items. The last project involving our recorders was for St.Martin’s Church, Great Mongeham and the completed record was presented in 2012.
Our present project is recording St.Nicholas, Ringwould, a small church near Deal. The team meet on the second and fourth Tuesday mornings of the month from 10-12. Visitors are most welcome and further offers of interest and help are also most welcome.