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Church Recorders are The Arts Society Volunteers who make records of the contents of our national churches, thereby promoting the recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage to be found in places of worship of all religions.

Over 1600 churches have been recorded throughout the Country. The items are described in detail and their history researched. All the material is then compiled into a book illustrated with photographs and drawings. Copies of the book are sent to the V & A, the National Monuments Record at Swindon, The Worcester Record Office and the Cathedrals and Church Buildings Library at Church House. A copy is also presented to the church.

Since February 2013 a group of volunteers have been working in St Mary's Church in Reigate recording all the internal contents. There are 9 areas that need to be recorded - Memorials, Stonework, Metalwork, Textiles, Linrary, Windows, Woodwork, Paintings and Miscellaneous. The volunteers work in groups describing the ojects in detail and then researching their history. They have had talks and workshops from various experts to help with the work and also visited other local interesting churches to expand their understanding.