York Diocesan Archive, Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The records are divided into 7 series as follows:

  • Minutes, 1920-1999 [DAC/MB]
  • Chairman's correspondence & papers (unlisted), 1986-1991
  • Secretary's correspondence & papers (unlisted), c1930s-1974
  • General correspondence & papers (unlisted), c1930-c1970s
  • Photocopies of Consistory Court Judgements (unlisted),1988-1990
  • Quinquennial reports, c1958-1997 (arranged alphabetically by church) [QR]
  • Council for the Care of Churches, Minutes (unlisted), 1966-1974

Administrative / Biographical History

The York Diocesan Advisory Committee on Faculties was established in 1920 by the Archbishop. Its purpose was to consider and advise the Diocesan Chancellor on applications, plans and designs for structural additions or alterations to church buildings, ornaments and fittings. The name for the committee was changed to the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches in 1947 (DAC). The Faculty Jurisdiction Measures of 1938 and 1964 and the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991, extended the remit of the DAC.

The DAC's present day responsibilities ensure that churches, churchyards and furnishings attached to them are properly cared for both for everyday use and for historical interest, as well as advising all parties on care, maintenance and alteration. The DAC also administers the diocese's responsibilities under the Inspection of Churches Measure 1955 (taking over this responsibility from the Diocesan Inspection of Churches Committee which closed in 1972). As a result of these inspections, a quinquennial report is sent to the DAC.

The national parent body of the DAC is the Council for the Care of Churches, a permanent commission of the General Synod.


The system of arrangement is reflected in the scope & content.

Conditions Governing Access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation and the wishes of the donors/owners of the records.

Acquisition Information

The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches have deposited records at the Borthwick Institute since the 1970s.


Description compiled by Victoria Stretch, Archives Hub project archivist, January 2004 with reference to 'A Guide to the Archive Collections in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research', David M Smith 1973, 'A Supplementary Guide to the Archive Collections in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research', David M Smith 1980 and 'A Guide to Archival Accessions at the Borthwick Institute 1981-1996' complied by Alexandrina Buchanan, 1997.

Other Finding Aids

A detailed hard copy finding aid is available at the Borthwick Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

A reprographics service is available to researchers. Copying will not be undertaken if there is a risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute University of York terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under the provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

Appraisal Information

These records have been appraised in accordance with Borthwick Institute policy.

Custodial History

Records have been deposited at the Borthwick Institute directly from the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches.


Accruals are expected.

Related Material

  • York Diocesan Archive