If you are of a certain age then you may remember the Domesday Project. Modelled on the Domesday book from 1086, commissioned by William the Conqueror, it was a project commissioned in 1986 by the BBC. The intent was to provide a snapshot of our communities and everyday life, and it achieved this by inviting over 1 million individuals to contribute articles about their home area. This information was compiled onto Laserdiscs and was intended to be navigated around using a trackball, which was cutting edge technology at the time, which could be read by BBC Master Computers.
The intent was this equipment could be used in schools. However due to the cost of the equipment it never took off, and very few people got to see the fruits of the work.
Now 25 years later in our age of the world wide web, digital photography, email and social networking, its time to have a look at those entries again, to bring the project up to date, and perhaps to lay down another layer of local history.
The BBC have now made all of the original content from the Domesday Project available online, on a website called Domesday Reloaded.
You can rediscover and explore images and articles from the original project to find out how life in Britain has changed… and how some things have stayed the same.
In addition, you will be able to update the project by re-photographing the images today and updating text entries.
To see the Domesday Reloaded information for South Marston, and potentially update it for future generations visit here.