HELP is needed to save delicate historical records for posterity.
Marlipins Museum has significant collections of material relating to the history of Shoreham, including a number of historically-important documents, prints and maps.
Many of the items are fragile, so require specialist handling and storage.
Curator Emma O’Connor is hoping to create digital copies, which would mean greater access to the material would be possible, without handling the original.
However, due to the size of some of the documents, their delicate condition and security requirements, it is not always possible to remove items from the building for the process.
Local historian Roger Bateman said: “It would help get some of Marlipins archives digitally copied before they deteriorate completely.
“The situation ideally requires the use of a large flat bed scanner, but these are extremely expensive.”
He writes history articles on community website Shorehambysea.com and in the Herald on the last Thursday of the month.
He said website contributor Brian Drury recently took some photos of a large, very old map of the Lancing marshes, thought to date back to the 16th century.
This had highlighted the issue and Mr Drury said only scanning could provide the quality needed to properly record the details on the map.
If anyone can help or knows of a large scanner that might be made available, contact Marlipins Museum. Email Emma O’Connor at Sussex Archaeological Society on firstname.lastname@example.org.