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The Church Recorders are members of the The Arts Society. Local groups operate at society level while methodology, training and quality standards are co-ordinated on a National basis.

Secular groups of volunteers interested in preserving national heritage work together to record the contents of places of worship. Records assist with compilation of terriers and inventories, preserve information for posterity in case of closure, provide information for police in cases of theft or other damage and provide basic information for researchers.

The only membership requirement is to be a full or associate member of The Arts Society and be interested in church history.

Isle of Man Church Recorders

Group History

The Arts Society Isle of Man formed a group of Church Recorders in January 2002. St ColumbaIn the following years the Group has recorded eleven churches: St Sanctain's, Santon; St Mary's Chapel, Ballure; The Royal Chapel, St John's; St Bridget, The Nunnery, Douglas; St Mark's Church, St Mark's; St Thomas's, Douglas; Kirk Christ, Lezayre; St Mary de Ballaugh Old Church, Ballaugh; St Mary de Ballaugh Parish Church, Ballaugh; St Cairbre, Belle Abbey, Arbory; and St Columba, Arbory.

Recording has now been completed at St Cairbre, Belle Abbey, and at the Parish Church of St Columba, both in the Parish of Arbory. Both records will shortly be presented. The group is currently working at Kirk Andreas.

St Cairbre, Belle Abbey, Arbory

Church Records

On the Isle of Man copies of Church Records are given to the church concerned, to Manx National Heritage, which acts as the local National Monument Records Centre and Diocesan Registry, to the Victoria and Albert Museum, and to the Council for the Care of Churches. Church Records can be accessed in the library at the Manx Museum under access number MS 11165. Copyright is held by The Arts Society.

The Isle of Man Group

Our group presently consists of twelve enthusiastic members. Working together has highlighted individual talents that have proved useful towards compiling records of memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, library, windows and miscellaneous items within churches. We meet between September and June every year, choosing to take a break from T.T. until the beginning of the autumn term. During that time we have approximately monthly general meetings when we all meet to discuss progress, to take part in some sort of training and enjoy a cup of tea together. Between these meeting we meet approximately weekly for short working sessions inside our chosen church.

New Members

We are always keen to welcome new members and are happy to support them to find out how best they feel they can contribute to our work. If you have a little free time and are interested to see what we do, come and meet us. We would also like to hear from members of places of worship who may wish for the contents of their buildings to be recorded in detail. Contact to arrange a meeting.

Find out more about Church Recording in the UK from The Arts Society

Church Trails

Church Trails are aimed at children aged 8-12 years, but can be fun for the whole family. A Church Trail is not necessarily associated with a Church Record.

The Church Trails consist of illustrated questionnaires that take you on a trail around a specific church on the Island.

Click here for more information on Church Trails and where you can find them on the Isle of Man » More on Church Trails


Isle of Man Church Recorders: Review 2017-2018

Members

One much valued member who has been with us since the groups started has retired but we welcome two new members who will begin in earnest on our next project early in the 2018-2019 season.

Activity

The Church Recording Group has almost completed its record of the Church Furnishings at Kirk Andreas which must now be reviewed by an expert representative from the Arts Society Church Recorders before release.

The Records of Arbory and Belle Abbey Churches were presented to an appreciative audience at Arbory Parish Hall at the Christmas Coffee Morning on Saturday 25th November 2017.

The group is looking forward to starting a new project next season.

Church Recorders on the Isle of Man continue to be funded by The Arts Society Isle of Man as part of the Society's Educational, Conservation and Charitable activity. In addition the group receives a contribution towards the cost of the record from The Arts Society.

Church Trails

Isle of man Church

Church Trails are aimed at children aged 8-12 years, but can be fun for the whole family.


The Church Trails consist of illustrated questionnaires that take you on a trail around a specific church on the Island.

Click here for more information on Church Trails and where you can find them on the Isle of Man

» More on Church Trails



 

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