BBC Publishes Evidence of Ancient British Life From... 1986

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC's old Domesday Project has been brought back to life, with the broadcaster making all the submissions sent in to its 1986 Domesday Book reworking available for public viewing.

The Domesday Project Reloaded is currently on display at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, where a huge 52" touchscreen device has been filled with the original public submissions from the 1980s -- over a million of them -- plus a new batch of crowd-sourced material from 2011.

If you're not old enough to remember what the Domesday Project was all about, it was a thing the BBC did to celebrate the anniversary of the famous Domesday Book, for which it invited the public to document their lives and surroundings to compile a modern version of the ancient guide to life in Britain.

Obviously the fact that this was done back in 1986 means it'll all be handwritten letters and drawings from our much simpler forefathers. The data from the 1986 Domesday was saved on two LaserDiscs. That in itself tells you a lot about 1986. [BBC]