Release date: 8 December 2020
West Sussex Unwrapped, a joint venture between West Sussex Record Office and Screen Archive South East, is back for a Christmas special.
Following on from the successful 10-week series launched earlier this year, this short compilation gives an insight into a West Sussex family waking up and opening presents on Christmas morning.
The film invites you to join Mary and Peter, and their daughters Jill and Ruth, as they celebrate a happy 1970s Christmas at their home in East Grinstead. From pillowcases filled with presents to an automated barking dog toy, this film is a joyful reminder of Christmases past.
The Record Office will be complementing the archive film with a special festive blog post, which will include plenty of Christmassy photographs from around the county, posters and programmes from past pantomimes hosted by Chichester Festival Theatre and a look at wartime Christmases through diaries and photographs.
Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “It has been a tough year for people in West Sussex and across the UK, but these West Sussex Unwrapped videos, which were launched in the summer, have been a welcome distraction and have given us a glimpse into the county’s extraordinary past. This Christmas addition to the Unwrapped series is another fantastic episode and a great way to add to this unique living history book lovingly created by the Record Office and Screen Archive South East."
Dr Frank Gray, the Director of Screen Archive South East, said: “After such a strange and difficult year, it’s such a pleasure to create a video Christmas cracker! Our films represent all aspects of the year in West Sussex and we’ve welcomed this opportunity to focus on Christmas and the joyous ways in which film-makers capture this special day.”
The Christmas edition of West Sussex Unwrapped will be live at 10am on Tuesday 15 December and can be found on the West Sussex Record Office blog.