Walk Around an 80s City with LASERDISC! The Domesday Project | Nostalgia Nerd
The Domesday Project (spelt Doomsday Project by some) was a collaboration between the BBC, Acorn Computers, Philips and Logica to create a digital and updated version of the 1086 Domesday book. This digital version would use the latest in cutting edge interactive video and be held on the latest LaserDisc technology. Aided by schools across the country, in a huge national collaboration project, this would be an enormous project spanning 2 years and collecting a huge range of data from the UK. Alongside this data were photos, stories and even the ability to walk around several UK towns. Just like Google Earth or Streetview in the 1980s. You can actually experience real 1980s street footage, which you control. If you want a window into the 80s, then this is the multimedia machine to use. All this is the exciting 80s I remember. Packed with emerging technology and exciting projects, and its one reason I love it.
Thank you, as always, to the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge for allowing me to film and use their glorious machinery.
BBC Reloaded National Archives: webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/search/result/?q=domesday&site=bbc.co.uk
Domesday Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Domesday_Project
Martin Porter: tartarus.org/martin/
Domesday Information: www.atsf.co.uk/dottext/domesday.html
Domesday86 Project: www.domesday86.com/
Acorn User Magazines: 8bs.com/aumags.htm
CAMiLEON Archive: web.archive.org/web/20050204223552/www.si.umich.edu:80/CAMILEON/domesday/domesday.html
Centre for Computing History Resource: www.computinghistory.org.uk/domesday
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