Doors to the past open for one day

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DELVE into a millennium of history when ancient archives are opened to the public.

West Sussex Record Office in Chichester will open its doors to visitors next month where amateur historians can look back on 1,200 years of history.

Visitors can also watch rare cinefilm footage taken of West Sussex during the past 100 years.

The recordings are part of a collection owned by Screen Archive South East, which stores more than 10,000 old films at the Record Office.

Staff will also be tutoring people on the popular family history websites ancestry.com and Find My Past – both of which are free to use for visitors.

The free event, on Saturday, September 28, includes tours of the strongrooms where millions of documents are stored on more than 25 miles of shelving.

Doors open from 10am to 4pm but space is limited and booking is essential.

To find out more contact the Record Office on 01243 753 602 or visit Orchard Street, in Chichester.