from a recent Women's Institute newsletter article wrote:In 1986 the BBC asked a million people to contribute to a digital snapshot of Britain called the BBC Domesday Project The UK was divided into 3x4km squares to be owned by a school, WI, etc.
However, disaster struck, the format became unaffordable and obsolete. Most people have never seen their contributions and it was assumed the material was lost. But George Auckland and his team, at BBC Learning, have been rescuing all the data. 25 years later, in March 2011, the BBC in partnership with the National Archives in Kew, will release the 25,000 photos of British life and landscapes and the accompanying 150,000 pages of text, onto the Domesday Reloaded website.
This CALL TO ACTION is for the public to identify, geotag and update the 24,000 community photographs. This is something which simply cannot be done without the public's help. The material will pass to National Archives as a permanent record of the UK.
The Proposed Plan: The BBC will launch Domesday Reloaded through TV and Radio during the week of March 19 to 27: the week leading up to census week. The project will run for 8 months until November 25 (25th Anniversary of the original BBC Domesday Project), which will again be marked by broadcast activity primarily on Radio Four. The online site is the core of the project, it is where the material will be republished and where people can upload the new pictures and comment. If you were involved, or wish to be involved, please contact Emma Walker directly on email@example.com
Alex Cessford wrote:Having subsequently emailed the Emma Walker in article I mentioned, to express my interest in further involvement, Emma has replied to let me know that they aregoing to delay the launch due to some technical issues. They are now are looking at April or May.
I have also agreed to her further request to be contacted by Radio 4 or BBC Regions if they are looking for participants - watch this space!