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 2011-2012

Members

The group welcomed Madelaine Sankey and Rose Penn who joined during the period, both of whom have been involved in our recent work at the Ballaugh Old Church. This brings the number of active volunteers to sixteen.

In May 2012 Pat McClure retired from her post as Group Leader after ten years as the driving force and inspiration to all. Jonathan Latimer has taken over the post, while Pat continues as a member where her experience and continuing guidance will be of great benefit to the group.

Activity

Font, St Mary De Ballaugh, Old Ballaugh Church

During the summer of 2011 the record of St Thomas’s, Douglas, was checked, the photographs inserted, and the whole prepared for final production. The record was presented on 30th September 2011 in St Thomas’s Church. That month the group also commenced recording the Ballaugh Old Church, St Mary de Ballaugh, and by the end of the season in May 2012 had completed the fieldwork. The record of Kirk Christ, Lezayre, has also progressed and is now proof read, and ready for final checking and production. The presentation is due in autumn 2012. In April 2012, during the Easter period, the silver at Santon Church which was originally recorded in 2004, was re-photographed and an addendum will be placed with the original records showing their wonderful silver using modern photographic technique.

Church Recorders on the Isle of Man continue to be funded by IOM DFAS as part of the Society’s Educational, Conservation and Charitable activity. In addition the group receives a small grant towards the costs of production of the record from The Arts Society headquarters.

Social and training

  • In October Pat McClure attended a study day at Chester Cathedral and also a regional training day at Whalley Abbey with particular emphasis on Young Arts and Church Trails.
  • On 8th December 2011 members of the Church Recorders met socially in the Manx Museum for mince pies and coffee.
  • A shared coffee morning was held on 24th January 2012 in St. Thomas’s Church with the local Heritage volunteers and the local The Arts Society Committee to welcome new IOM DFAS members.
  • On 31st January Paul Weatherall, Library & Archive Services Officer at Manx National Heritage, gave us a wonderful introduction to the i-museum including a “hands-on” session for us to appreciate some of the new facilities available on line at the museum.
  • The group broke up for the summer recess on 10th May, before the commencement of the annual TT motorbike races.

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.

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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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