See behind the scenes at West Sussex County Record Office

See behind the scenes at West Sussex County Record Office


Worthing residents have a chance to see behind the scenes at the County Record Office in Chichester.

The archive is opening its doors on Saturday September 28th from 10.00am to 4.00 pm to showcase its ancient records – some of which date back 1200 years.

Visitors can also watch rare cinefilm footage taken of West Sussex during the last 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 and Find My Past – both of which are free to use for visitors.

Lionel Barnard, County Council Cabinet Member responsible for the Record Office, said: “This is a great chance for anyone interested in family or local history to see what happens behind the scenes.

“The Record Office stores millions of historical documents in its archives and this is a terrific opportunity to see these treasures up close.”

The open day is free but spaces on some of the group sessions taking place are limited and should be booked on arrival.

The County Record Office is at 3 Orchard Street, Chichester, West Sussex.

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