Chiltern Decorative & Fine Arts Society

The United Kingdom`s parish churches are a repository of minor works of art in wood, stone, metal, glass and fabrics. They stand as a tribute to the skill and craftsmanship of the, often local, artists and craftsmen who made them.

They also have a fascinating story to tell about the social history of the local communities which the churches have served over the centuries. Much of this content was inadequately recorded and protected and it was for this reason that, at the behest of the Victoria and Albert Museum, NADFAS was asked to set up teams drawn from local Societies to make these records, copies of which are given to the church, the diocese, the local records office and the V&A.

If you are interested in getting up close and personal with the work of these artists and craftsmen and want to discover more about the people their works commemorate as well as the stories which they tell about the local communities, then I would urge you to join your local church recorder group. You will get enormous satisfaction and enjoyment from doing so. A considerable number of churches in Buckinghamshire have been recorded over the last 30 years but many of these records need to be brought up to date. There are also churches which have not yet been recorded. NADFAS Church Recorders have made an invaluable contribution to discovering and preserving our artistic heritage but there is much still to be done.