Film shows off West Sussex’s historical artefacts

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HISTORIC treasures, including a 1,200-year-old document, have been dug out of an archives office and filmed.

White-gloved archivists have brought out a range of treasures at West Sussex County Record Office in Chichester.

Lionel Barnard, the county councillor who oversees the office, said: ‘The video features our oldest item, a charter granted by Oslac, a king of Sussex, bestowing land on a church.

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

The film also shows a marriage and baptism register where one bored doodler from 1675 practised his signature and drew tiny pictures on the cover.

Cllr Barnard added: ‘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.’