The Arts Society church surveys
The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) is a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the arts through a network of local societies and national events. Society Members and Affiliate Members can also become involved in conservation volunteering projects in churches, museums, castles and stately homes. There are 360 Societies throughout the UK and mainland Europe, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
Church Recording promotes recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage in places of worship by recording the contents of places of worship of all religions.
You will be presented with an illustrated record detailing each item and its history. Copies of the Record are also sent to national institutions, such as Historic England archives and the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
There is no charge to your church for Arts Society Church Recording or for the production of a Church Record.
Trails of Discovery - Church Trails for Children
A Church Trail is a question sheet that guides children and accompanying adults around your church. It encourages them to engage with the architecture, history and furnishings.
Local Arts Society members give their time to research and write the questions and corresponding answer sheets. The aim is to encourage 8-12 year olds and their families to learn about your church and inspire them to visit and enjoy others.
Church trails are researched, written and designed in a child friendly format. They are produced on two-sided A4 sheets, keeping the cost of reproduction low. Once a trail has been tested, the Society provides a CD and hard copy of the questions and answers.
There is no charge for making the trail and setting it up in the church. Your church only funds the continuing supplies, either through professional printing, or by photocopying.