Historic treasures at West Sussex Record Office documented on film

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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.