Edinburgh Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Edinburgh Decorative & Fine Arts Society

In 1996/1997 EAFAS (as it was then known) was approached to record the windows by C. E. Kempe at Athelstaneford Parish Kirk in East Lothian. This work led to the formation of the Edinburgh Church Recorders.

In 1998 a group of Church Recorders started on the Record for The Church of the Good Shepherd, Murrayfield, moving on later to The Canongate Kirk. Here, we see the Frobenius Organ, one of the Prayer Desks, and the Mortification Boards.

The record of St Bennet's, the private chapel of the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, has been completed, and the record presented.

A group of Church Recorders from Edinburgh and other Scottish societies, making it an Area Record, is working on Greyfriars Kirk. Both of these Records are at the cross-checking stage. Three more churches have approached the Recorders, who have not decided yet which one they will compile next.

The principal aim of Church Recorders is to produce a comprehensive record of churches of all denominations. A Record is divided into sections - Metalwork, Woodwork, Stonework, Textiles, Pictures, Windows, Books, Organs, Clocks and Tiles, etc. The final Record is given to the Minister of the Church and to appropriate Libraries/Museums suggested by NADFAS.


EDFAS needs new volunteers for existing and new Church Recording projects. If you would like to learn more, either because you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or because you have a possible project that you would like to discuss, please click this link to send eMail to EDFAS Church Recording.

IT IS ESSENTIAL for Church Recorders wishing to participate in a project to have the necessary insurance cover. EDFAS members automatically have this cover, through EDFAS' affiliation to NADFAS. If you are not a member of EDFAS, for example, because you cannot commit to the time to attend the lectures, or do not wish to join, or because you are on the waiting list for membership of EDFAS, you WILL NEED TO BECOME an Affiliate Member of NADFAS to allow you to become a recorder. See below "Church Recording at NADFAS" for the link to the relevant part of the NADFAS website.

EDFAS will assess all applicants for their suitability for the volunteering opportunities available. Membership of EDFAS or affiliate membership of NADFAS does not assure that suitable volunteering opportunities will be available.