BBC Domesday reloaded

Photo:The original Domesday Book

The original Domesday Book

Call for community contributors

By Melita Dennett, BBC Radio Sussex

In 1986, on the 900th anniversary of the Domesday Book, the BBC undertook a huge project to have the entirety of Britain mapped by local communities, creating a snapshot of life in 1986, as a kind of electronic census. A million people took photos and wrote about their home towns and the data was transferred to a shiny new technology, the laser disc.

Intended as a study resource

The aim was for every school, library and college to have this huge amount of data as a study resource for years to come. Unfortunately, nobody really thought about the fact that laser disc readers cost £5,500 (in 1986!) so most of the discs fairly quickly made their way to the nearest skip.

BBC updating the information

However, some survived and now the data has been extracted and the BBC would like to update the information on the discs for a new website, Domesday Reloaded.

Site to Go live in May

The site will go live in May 2011 but before then we would like to update some of the photos and information about the Brighton area. We’re contacting people involved in local history and community and we’re inviting you to a meeting to find out more. We’ll be able to show you what’s on the site now, what we’d like to add and update, and how you can get involved.

Meeting on Tuesday, 19th April 2011

The event will take place at Add the Colour café, 64 North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD (between the sorting office and the bright yellow Drum Cavern on the corner of Foundry Street) on Tuesday 19th April 2011, 6-7.30pm. The café is fully wheelchair accessible and tea, coffee and yummy cakes will be on sale.

Need to book a place

As seats are limited, please book your place by emailing

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