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20 August 2015 | by Joanna Moorhead

For the record

The treasures and history of Britain’s ancient churches are being listed and cared for by an army of volunteers. Mainly retired people are putting their experience and expertise to use, enjoying improved health and wellbeing, and the satisfaction of preserving our vital heritage Churches are  the museums in the midst of every community: as well as being places of worship, they’re also places of history – and of fascinating paintings and objects, many of them worth a great deal of money. But until the 1970s no one really knew what treasures were hidden within the nation’s churches, because no one had ever catalogued them.In 1973 Nadfas, the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, took on the challenge of doing just that. Over the


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