The Domesday Book, created in 1086 remains future compatible with no data corruption issues.
In 1986, the BBC asked UK schools to contribute to a new Domesday project. The aim was to create a record of everyday life, through school children’s eyes. This time though, they would use the latest technology.
1986 was a long time before Web 2.0 or even the World Wide Web but they managed to record a lot of this data digitally. Using a BBC format of Lazer-Disc (similar to a large compact disc), this was cutting edge technology of the time, but the format did not take off and quickly became obsolete.
For years it sat inaccessible but in the last 10 years work has taken place to reverse engineer the data and get the information on-line.
Available now at Domesday Reloaded you can search by postcode showing photographs of local mullet wearing Escort Turbo GT drivers in 1986. This offers a snapshot into a year when photographs were printed out and your mobile device was a filofax!
You can search through quaint articles (called D-blocks), recording what kids were into at the time. It’s accuracy (and spelling) can’t be relied on, but it’s oddly addictive.
Here’s a school survey of favourite books and bands by gender. And who would have known from Rock Journalists and Pop Historians that for many kids the best act on the bill at Live Aid was not Queen or U2 but… Paul Young.
Have a surf.