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Although now much broader in scope, the inventory was originally conceived in the mid 1980s to provide a basic level of information on churches and places of Christian worship in Scotland, from the origins of Christianity to the present day.
Now it has been expanded to include places used for worship by other communities- Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese and others.
Some regional archaeologists were able to provide sites and monuments records, and some individuals made available extensive personal archives relating to churches.
Churches in use were located through the year books and directories published by the various denominations.
Volunteers do not make stylistic or value judgements, but are encouraged to include dating evidence for changes to a site, carry out detailed photographic surveys, or compile architectural reports.Thus, the next objective was to standardise the information.The sites were located precisely on detailed maps and provided with addresses and grid references.To ensure anyone who is interested can participate, Training Days are organised throughout the country to instruct volunteers in good practice procedures for building and site recording.Although there are over 10,000 entries in the Gazetteer, and all have preliminary information, only a proportion has been completed and entered on the website.
Many others have been recorded and await processing.