church recording

The Arts Society Birmingham Church Recorders produce records of the contents of churches, describing items accurately and researching the history of these. Illustrated copies of the record are presented to the church, the diocese, the Victoria and Albert museum, the National Churches Trust and the National Record of Monuments.

There is currently no active Church Recording group.  Any Arts Society Birmingham member interested in church recording may like to join another local Arts Society group engaged in a current project. Details may be obtained from the Chairman of The Arts Society Birmingham.

If any member is interested in starting and leading a new church recording group, details for doing so can be found on The Arts Society website  Please also contact the Chairman of The Arts Society Birmingham.

Marcia Meyer with the completed ‘Memorials’ for Aston Old Church

completed records

  • Old Church, Edgbaston
  • St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter
  • St Peter’s, Harborne
  • St Michael’s and All Angels, Cofton Hackett, Barnt Green
  • Aston Old Church
  • St Mary’s, Moseley

Liz Dancey and Marcia Meyer, retired leaders of the Church Recording group, present the church record to the vicar of St Michael’s and All Angels, Cofton Hackett


Volunteers helped to catalogue and store the archives of John Hardman & Co in their Birmingham base. The majority of those archives are now in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and in the Library of Birmingham.

John Hardman & Co was established in 1838 when AWN Pugin persuaded his friend, John Hardman Jnr to extend his button-making factory into the manufacture of ecclesiastical metalwork for the new gothic-revival churches that were being built to Pugin’s design.

In 1845, the company expanded to include the design and manufacture of stained glass. The archives include drawings, designs, photographs of world wide commissions including the Palace of Westminster and cathedrals in USA and Australia. The volunteers have been working in conjunction with Michael Fisher FSA, the archivist for John Hardman.

Volunteers working on the Hardman archive