Thursday, May 12, 2011

Domesday Reloaded

BBC Learning has unveiled a new multimedia project, Domesday Reloaded, giving the public a chance to view and update the historical material collated 25 years ago for the original BBC Domesday project. Launched in 1986 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book, the first BBC Domesday project saw over a million people capture pictures, maps, video, surveys, statistics, essays and personal testimonies to help compile a digital snapshot of the country. The technology used to record and preserve this data quickly became obsolete, however, so very few people ever got to see the finished results or their contributions. Now, 25 years on, the rarely seen community disc archive will be republished onto the BBC's dedicated website which enables people to explore the images and articles from the past.