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 2014-2015


We welcomed one new member this year; Bill Creer is recording Metalwork at Arbory and also brings photographic skills to the team.



The completed records of Ballaugh Old Church and Ballaugh Parish Church were presented during the Ballaugh celebrations for the Isle of Man year of Culture in October 2014.

On advice that the chapel of St Cairbre was shortly due to close we commenced recording there in September 2013 and completed fieldwork by the end of May 2014, moving to St Columb, Arbory in September 2014. We hope to complete the fieldwork there by the end of the year.

No decision has yet been made on the choice of our next church to be recorded.

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 Arts Society headquarters and from Culture Vannin (formerly The Manx Heritage Foundation).

North West Area Training Days:

  • February 6th 2015: Stonework and Library at Manchester Cathedral. (Jonathan Latimer and Madeleine Sankey attended.)
  • November 26th 2015: Compilers and Photographers at Croft, Cheshire. (Jonathan Latimer to attend)

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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