BRIDFAS Church Recording Project

In 2014 a Church Recording project was initiated together with BRIDFAS (British Decorative and Fine Arts Society Hamburg). Volunteers from BRIDFAS and St Thomas Becket are undertaking a complete Recording of the church according to a system established by NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) in London, of which BRIDFAS is a member. NADFAS has been supporting church recording projects for over 40 years in the UK; the St Thomas Becket-BRIDFAS project is one of the first to be undertaken on the Continent of Europe and has been welcomed, not least by the Bishop in Europe.

Groups of volunteers work in small groups making a record of the church interior, including furnishings, memorials, metalwork, paintings, silver, windows and other articles. The work involves photography, research and producing a comprehensive inventory for posterity of the interior and fabric of the church. These records are then sent to the designated County Records Office, the Cathedral and Church Buildings Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum Art Library, to name a few.

For further information on the project, please see the BRIDFAS website and our magazine, Becket News.