Historic treasures at West Sussex Record Office documented on film

HISTORIC treasures hidden in the archives of the West Sussex County Record Office, in Chichester, have been brought out and filmed for a new video.

Among them are a priceless 1,200-year-old document, a famous toolbox, and even a parish register containing a doubtful story.

They were brought out by white-gloved archivists for the film, now on the county council’s website video page.

“The video features our oldest item, a charter granted by Oslac, a king of Sussex, bestowing land on a church,” said Cllr Lionel Barnard, who is responsible for the county record office.

“It is a tiny Latin parchment of tremendous historical significance, written more than 1,200 years ago, in 780 AD.”

A toolbox, tools and even spectacles belonging to the woodcarver and typographer Eric Gill are also featured. Gill, who once lived in Chichester, created the world-famous Gill Sans typeface, still being used in the main BBC logo.

See the film at www.westsussex.gov.uk by clicking West Sussex Videos.