Church Recorders

Church Floor Mosaic

The Church Recorders are a sub-group of The Arts Society.

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.

Isle of Man Church Recorders: Review 2010-2011

Between September and December 2010 recording of St. Thomas’ Parish Church in Douglas and the compilation of a church trail were completed. The recent use of digital photography by new group photographer Jonathan Latimer has made radical changes and improvements in records and trails, and has cut costs considerably.

Our Northwest advisor, Dorothy Brining, retired and her regular contacts have been missed. To date she has not been replaced but the group has had maintained helpful communications with central office via Jane Hedley and Angela Goedicke, who’s helpful advice has been welcome.

At the beginning of December members of the church Recorders met socially in the Manx Museum for mince pies and coffee.

A shared coffee morning held in January in St. Thomas’ Church with the local Heritage volunteers and the local The Arts Society Committee to welcome new members recruited two new members to the Church recording group.

Between January and May the group were made very welcome in Lezayre where a partial recording of Lezayre Parish Church was completed. This was a chance for a short but enjoyable exploration of this early nineteenth-century church on an ancient site.

The group broke up for the summer recess before the commencement of the annual TT motorbike races.

The morning of the 25 July dawned dry but chilly for the annual Church Recorders’ picnic which began with a tour and talk in St. Stephen’s Parish Church, Sulby by churchwarden Juan Vernon who, with his wife, made the group very welcome with a cup of tea and some fascinating information about a church unfamiliar with most of the group.

The group then moved onto the church hall at Lezayre to enjoy their picnic and catch up with each others’ news.

During the summer the St. Thomas’ Record was prepared for presentation on 30 Sept. to Manx National Heritage, church officials and The Arts Society officials, when the group will also celebrate their tenth anniversary. Some copies will be stored for the first time on archive-quality discs as requested by Manx National Heritage and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Once the St. Thomas’ Record has been presented the group looks forward to beginning recording the two churches at Ballaugh over the next three years. In the meantime, the Lezayre Record is being compiled and checked before presentation planned for sometime in the spring of 2012.

Trails of Discovery

Isle of man Church

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


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

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

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