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 2012-2013


Christine Roberts and Janet Gee, both of whom had been members since the formation of the group, have retired owing to the pressure of competing interests and family commitments.


St Mary De Ballaugh, New Church

Regular weekly meetings continued throughout the season at The New Ballaugh Church.

During the summer of 2012 the record of Kirk Christ, Lezayre, was checked, the photographs inserted, and the whole prepared for final production. The record was presented on 11th December at the IOM-DFAS Christmas Reception.

In April 2012, during the Easter period, the silver at Santon Church which was originally recorded in 2004, was re- photographed and a supplement showing their wonderful silver using modern photographic technique was also presented at the Christmas Reception.

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 contributions towards the cost of the record from the Manx Heritage Foundation and from The Arts Society headquarters.

Social and training

In December 2012 members of the Church Recorders met in the Manx Museum for mince pies and coffee, followed by a valuable opportunity arranged by Paul Weatherall, Library & Archive Services Officer at Manx National Heritage, to inspect the Museum’s collection of papers relating to the Ballaugh Churches.

Jonathan and Rosemary Latimer attended two North West Area Training Days, held at Whalley; in October on Heraldry and in May, on the subjects of Windows and Textiles. Training material was subsequently circulated to members of the group.

In July the group met for a visit to St Bridget, Kirk Bride, at which William Christian, Captain of the Parish, gave us a brief talk on the history of the Church. This was followed by tea at Bride tea rooms.

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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