1980s Domesday Reloaded data goes online

By Matt Elton, 12 May 2011 - 9:47am

Data collected around the country as part of a 1980s BBC project is now available to explore online for the first time

Thursday 12 May 2011
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Visitors to the new website can explore their area and its people in the 1980s © BBC

Thousands of photographs and documents offering a snapshot of life in 1980s Britain are now available to explore online thanks to the digitisation of the results of a major survey.

The data, available to explore on the Domesday Reloaded website, was originally compiled by the BBC in 1986 as part of a project to mark the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book. Schools and community groups around the UK collected hundreds of thousands of images and personal accounts, which can now be browsed both by location or through a clickable map of the country, divided into a series of 12-kilometre square areas known as 'D-blocks'. 

The records focus on the everyday lives of respondents, who were also asked to contribute material that they thought would be of interest to their descendants in a thousand years' time. Although the results were preserved on a series of laser discs, subsequent rapid changes in technology prevented them from being made widely accessible.

Visitors can also help to update the collection into the 21st century by contributing their own memories, photographs and stories to the website. Project organisers eventually hope to create an extensive picture of life in Britain across generations, preserving the data for researchers, historians and genealogists into the future. 

 

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Explore the records online at www.bbc.co.uk/domesday

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