Learning reboot Domesday project
BBC Learning is giving a 25 year-old interactive history campaign a new lease of life with the launch of multimedia project Domesday Reloaded.
Running across online, national and local radio and tv, the project will let people view and update material collated for the original BBC Domesday - a 1986 campaign which asked the public to submit details about their local area in order to compile a digital snapshot of the country for future generations.
Over a million people took part, submitting articles and photos which were then etched onto laser discs.'True Potential'
'The original Domesday Project was truly innovating,' said Saul Nassé, Controller of BBC Learning. 'It was Web 2.0 before Tim Berners-Lee had invented the World Wide Web. The sad thing is the idea was actually way ahead of the technology of the time. But now, 25 years later, we can finally realise its true potential.'
The images and articles from the archives will be republished on a dedicated website, launched on May 12. Visitors can also bring the project up to date by sending in their contemporary stories and photographs via the website, blogs and twitter.Compare and contrast
To support the launch, Radio 4 is broadcasting a selection of programmes focusing on the rise, fall and rehabilitation of BBC Domesday, including a special edition of Archive on 4. Later in the year a series will compare the data gathered through Domesday Reloaded with the original data, to explore how Britain has changed.
Mohit Bakaya, commissioning editor at Radio 4, said: 'Radio 4 has been at the heart of this exciting initiative, both telling the story of the amazing original project and supporting the quest to update the original data and, in so doing, paint a portrait of how the UK has changed over the last 25 years.'
Regional tv and local radio will be provide a local take on the material with dedicated programmes, and learning resources and activities will be created for schools.