BBC Domesday Project – Reloaded!

Domesday Reloaded

Domesday Reloaded on the BBC

In 1986 the BBC launched an ambitious project to record a snapshot of everyday life across the UK for future generations. A million volunteers took part…

Now, 25 years later you can explore the archive online, see the pictures, update the information and make your mark on this fascinating record of our collective history.

In 1983, the BBC decided to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Domesday Book with a new survey of Britain. Up to 1 million people, mainly in schools, participated by collecting the data which was published as the Domesday Project. Rather than use paper (or vellum?) the BBC decided to produce a multimedia product. At this time CDs were still at an early stage in their development and CDROMs did not exist, so the BBC selected Laser discs as a suitable medium. The Domesday Project was published in 1986 on 2 Laser discs (LV-ROM) – the National Disc and the Community Disc.

The BBC Master AIV system

The BBC Master AIV system

For those of you old enough to remember, this is what it looked like:


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