Here’s one for my Brit friends! The BBC is resurrecting one of their most ambitious projects, with Domesday Reloaded, a nostalgic look back at life in 80s Britain. The original project aired in the mid-80s, where over a million people across the country submitted data on their local area in order to chronicle life in Great Britain during the decade. Now 25 years on, some of this rarely seen before data is available to the public and the BBC is asking people in the UK to send in their current photos and/or text to help create an updated snapshot of Britain in 2011.
You can go to the site and see what life was like in your town, 25 years ago – the fashion, the architecture, and more!
Many say that the Domesday was the precursor to parts of the internet we have now, like Google Maps and with tools like hyperlinking. However, due to costs and the rapid development of technology the system rapidly fell into obscurity and obsolescence, and very few people ever got to see the finished results or their contributions. This technology is now obviously hugely outdated, but maintains that retro charm.
147,819 pages and 23,225 photos included pictures, maps, video, surveys, statistics, essays and personal testimonies were stored on two now-comically oversized laserdiscs, which could then be played on a BBC/Acorn Domesday Machine; the peak of innovative tech at the time.
To celebrate the launch of Domesday Reloaded, a mash up video of old school BBC footage from the original Domesday launch has been created, accompanied by a new school Drum n’ Bass sound track! This is a lot of fun and well worth checking out!