Church Recording volunteers have been carefully recording the contents of churches for 45 years. The group in West Wales was formed in 2012 and have completed the record of two churches in Pembrokeshire.

Recently however the Arts Society nationally has decided to withdraw support for this activity and as a consequence we are not likely to undertake any further church recording activity.

Nevertheless the group has enjoyed completing records for St Elidyr, Ludchurch and St. Andrew’s Narberth.

A Record documents the contents of a church, its furnishings and decorations, described in detail supported by photographs.

Memorials such as wall tablets, armorial shields and brasses (the deciphering of ancient and often worn lettering can be a challenge).
Metalwork, precious religious objects and functional ironwork. (describing the Bells can involve clambering around in the tower).        
Stonework, not the structure but the decorative features e.g. fonts. crosses and stoups.
Fortunately, we have not had to tackle fan vaulting! Woodwork, benches, altar, reredos, chairs (no matter how battered) 
Textiles range from chasubles and intricate kneelers to humble curtains  
Paintings can be anything framed or glazed hanging on the walls           
Libraries include books and documents held in the church and the Record Office. Also, all the hymn books have to be counted!          
Windows whether they are plain or highly decorated are drawn and described in detail  

Church recorders help to preserve our rich history of artistic expression and craftsmanship in places of worship by documenting and researching the contents and decoration. Participating churches are presented with an illustrated book detailing each item and its history. Copies are also kept at the appropriate diocesan authority and institutions such as the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

As well as being a source of interest and pleasure to recorders and worshippers alike the Record serves a number of practical purposes. It provides a complete inventory for church authorities particularly useful when a building is to be closed and its artefacts dispersed. Police and insurers use the accurate descriptions and photographs to identify stolen and researchers use the material in theses and books on allied subjects.