Walk Around an 80s City with LASERDISC! The Domesday Project | Nostalgia Nerd

21 nov 2018
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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.
Domesday Resources;
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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  • New drinking game: Down a pint every time I say "BBC" See you in hospital.

    Nostalgia NerdNostalgia NerdÅr sedan
    • And no bloody ping-pong balls will be accepted in cups or anywhere near cups.. Unless you're a certain unfavorite Oompa-loompa colored politician with a whip rats nest atop… then we've gladly give you all the ping-pong balls you can choke on! :P

      Matt CarrellMatt CarrellÅr sedan
    • Nostalgia Nerd LMFAO 😂

      William BarrWilliam BarrÅr sedan
    • @Random Fandom he says BBC a lot more than that.

      Susan WojcickiSusan WojcickiÅr sedan
    • @Susan Wojcicki takes more than a pint to get water poisoning. In USAF BMT I was expected to drink 10 canteens a day.

      Random FandomRandom FandomÅr sedan
    • Or if you're a woman, do something to a BBC everytime he says BBC

      Emerald Eyes EsotericEmerald Eyes EsotericÅr sedan
  • I should point out to our U.S/foreign viewers that, whenever you see an intelligent-looking man who is partially balding, has thick-rimmed glasses and wears an ill-fitting during Nostalgia Nerd's videos, they were about 20 years old.

    Henry Jones Jr.Henry Jones Jr.5 dagar sedan
  • Wow that video from 1085 is really clear considering it's 1000+ years old...what it's actually only 35 years old?

    diecast jamdiecast jam12 dagar sedan
  • Is it on archive.org?

    Marius SchäferMarius Schäfer24 dagar sedan
  • I remember this in school and it was amazing! Certainly more fun than everyone typing 10 go to 20 20 bum

    I Mac aI Mac aMånad sedan
  • this is literally so mad wtf

    Mickey ChittyMickey ChittyMånad sedan
  • 6:15 Good God, that guy looks like an absolute wrong'un!

    Carl KamutiCarl Kamuti2 månader sedan
  • Very well written mate!

    Cool VideosCool Videos2 månader sedan
  • I remember this project so well. I was the perfect age: 12/13 in 1984 and it was really exciting - all over the TV. The only problem was, my school didn't have the equipment when the project began and by the time we did get it, the project had long since moved on. We certainly never got the expensive, space age kit you needed to run it in '86. To give you some idea of how tight money was for schools back then, my form room was a portacabin that leaked in the rain - and I went to one of the best schools in the county! We did get hold of some pretty cool computer kit a few years after that (an Archimedes in '88, for instance), but by that time, The Domesday Project had been pretty much forgotten, which is a great pity because it was so far ahead of its time. Watching this excellent video all these years later, I'm just astounded by it.

    ludocratludocrat2 månader sedan
  • I'm amazed of these old CDs. No matter they do on websites, it's not the same virtual experience. I had Louvre CD back in 1996, and it was amazing to walk the museum.

    jbinary82jbinary822 månader sedan
  • I was always a bit baffled about how its pronounced DOOMsday Project but written as Domesday Project. I lived in the UK in the 80's as a kid and remember it well. Quite awesome to finally see the results of it..

    Captain BloodCaptain Blood2 månader sedan
  • I had some kinds of discs like this but it was more a world encyclopedia

    Jack LotzJack Lotz3 månader sedan
  • Give me the "grimness of 80s Britain" over the 2020s.

    DoctorCrankyFlapsDoctorCrankyFlaps3 månader sedan
  • Comically large CD-Rom

    SauceSauce3 månader sedan
  • As a GIS professional this is the most impressive nostalgic tech yet. British Gov didn't realize how much this was truly worth to businesses. (gazillions) About a solid Decade ahead of its time.

    Matt KellyMatt Kelly3 månader sedan
  • Wait a minute, I didn't know laser disc was analog? How is that possible? I thought it was the first true digital format for the home consumer.

    Sinn0100Sinn01004 månader sedan
  • I have a VP415 Player and a set of community discs in my loft. I rescued them from being dumped from a company I worked for around 20 years ago.

    Max HodgsonMax Hodgson4 månader sedan
  • Haha you chose my home city to zoom into. Looking down on St Giles street to the far left 😉🤣

    Alexander CarderAlexander Carder4 månader sedan
  • I wish I could remember more about the Mac-controlled laserdisc thing we did in science class in 1994ish in the US! I think it was a space exploration thing?

    Adam WishneuskyAdam Wishneusky4 månader sedan
  • They should release it (port it to) on steam as a game.

    The Editor AMVsThe Editor AMVs5 månader sedan
    • Its a shame. from what I understand the BBC would have to get permission from every child visible or contributed to the disk for permission for its release, makes me wonder have google earth/maps do so.

      Daniel GreenDaniel Green5 månader sedan
  • As part of a coding project while I was in high school, we were tasked with developing the websites for the elementary schools in the district. There was a competition, and the winning design would be made into a template and deployed across the district. The design that was selected included an interactive map of the schools and immediate neighborhood, similar to what we see in the Doomsday Project. However, the Columbine high school shooting happened that year and it was decided that the maps and images could be used for planning an attack, so we ended up removing the functionality and it really bummed out the kids that had helped us. Things change, I guess.

    Anonymous UserAnonymous User6 månader sedan
  • Is this uploaded online?

    Richard MunozRichard Munoz6 månader sedan
  • Classic Blade Runner style zoom and enhance grid lol

    Nicholas HNicholas H6 månader sedan
  • That monitor looks so much similar to the one that came with my brothers Commodore 128 back in the day

    AllboroLCDAllboroLCD7 månader sedan
  • Omg... I Knew I didn't dream this and that I did see Google earth at school and that it was called domesday!

    Lee RobinsonLee Robinson7 månader sedan
  • I thought it was Gibbs Port but I might have had too much...

    Trevor GibbsTrevor Gibbs8 månader sedan
  • Walking around a 1980's welsh town? Let's be real here, Who would want that! Exactly!

    HappyBeezerStudios - by Lord_MogulHappyBeezerStudios - by Lord_Mogul8 månader sedan
  • It’s a shame they haven’t rereleased this but in a more modern format like a DVD/Blu-ray etc.

    Shannon BriggsShannon Briggs9 månader sedan
  • Doom = Dome?

    DickBurnsDickBurns10 månader sedan
    • Yes, in Middle English.

      gwishartgwishart2 månader sedan
  • This is cool as shit I really lust over the keycaps on that vintage board and what the glorious keys must have sounded like to type on.

    ThadThad11 månader sedan
  • Looks like a Commodore Monitor with a different brand.

    amigalemmingamigalemmingÅr sedan
  • Lol are you shirtless at 10:20 ??

    hboihboiÅr sedan
  • this is simply amazing. England also has the benefit of its geography - doing something like this across America or Russia or china would be nearly impossible. Japan and European nations however definitely. the tech is awesome. and my how your Britain doesn't look anything like it once did. sad.

    deGrelle's GhostdeGrelle's GhostÅr sedan
  • Wrote my first BASIC program on a BBC Acorn in 1985

    HaQKHaQKÅr sedan
  • +1 for Gibb's Sports haha

    p4 nxp4 nxÅr sedan
  • Bloody Hell, over £5k for something you could do better on the internet for free?!! What a rip off!!!

    Dommi DavrosDommi DavrosÅr sedan
  • BBC: Big Bloody Clown (Not bloody as in the red stuff)

    SqualidsargeStudiosSqualidsargeStudiosÅr sedan
  • I wish there was a way of enjoying this entire thing online. Mainly because if I visited this thing in real life, I’d hog the machine for probably multiple hours to explore everything.

    Just Another Youtube ChannelJust Another Youtube ChannelÅr sedan
  • I’d love to see and use this in real life, it’s honestly awesome.

    Just Another Youtube ChannelJust Another Youtube ChannelÅr sedan
  • Someone start a new disk, because in 50 years all whites will be enslaved or exterminated under the glorious new Islamic Caliphate of the United Kingdom.

    GulskjeggGulskjeggÅr sedan
  • Just a shame that the Doomsday Project data isn't available online

    Steve PowellSteve PowellÅr sedan
  • The teachers at my primary school won a BBC game show (Domesday Detectives, possibly?) where the prize was a Domesday Project computer and Laserdiscs. We got to use it quite a bit and I remember that some of the boys made it their mission to find boobs on it. Let's just say that those pre-adolescents were not disappointed! I remember when I was 10 I got to present the computer to the then Education Secretary, Ken Clarke, (who really wasn't interested) and ended in the BBC film library, being used to represent "computers in schools" for about 5 years!

    John RichardsonJohn RichardsonÅr sedan
  • 10:12 i recognise that map,

    shady shaneshady shaneÅr sedan
  • ye.. back in the day playing dota on that computer.. kinda toxic

    sahloolsahloolÅr sedan
  • And to think only a few decades later you all lost your land and culture due to PC Guilt.

    Leading AuctionsLeading AuctionsÅr sedan
  • Well done Gibb Sports!

    DouglasDouglasÅr sedan
  • That oreo wrapper made me angry.

    returnofbeauxreturnofbeauxÅr sedan
  • The advantage is about not needing an internet connection for that.

    Mike TurkMike TurkÅr sedan
  • I remember asking our school IT guy why the school has BBC micros and Acorn computers. The answer I got was that they cost about 1/3rd of the price of a PC at the time. I still think it was a bit daft to teach my generation (born in early 80s) acorn and BBC when Windows 1.0 was out and every single business on the planet used a PC not a BBC micro ... but I didn't care they were awesome machines but built mainly for education. I was surprised a few years ago to still see they are in use in industrial applications like CNCs.

    80s retro80s retroÅr sedan
  • Outside the museum -> out to the left around the corner -> the right hand side bush next to the Leyland Princess owner by the curator -> behind the empty plastic bag, in the shrubbery -> Rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle.

    The RoGusThe RoGusÅr sedan
  • That "RGB Colour Monitor" looks suspiciously similar to the Commodore 1081 which was the standard model for the Amiga in Europe and actually made by Philips... it just seems to have fewer knobs on the inside. ;-)

    Kurt WolochKurt WolochÅr sedan
  • You my youtube friend are a cracking story teller

    burtobmburtobmÅr sedan
  • I have done the drinking game to this, and I will say is.. I love you all.. I do.. sniff sniff..

    Pete MarrPete MarrÅr sedan
  • I always thought Loyd Grossman just made sauce

    jekanyikajekanyikaÅr sedan
  • As stark as the difference between the 80s to 1000s, I think the 2900s to the 1980s will be even more stark unfortunately.

    1toneboy1toneboyÅr sedan
  • that looks like a rebadged magnavox monitor

    1mouse31mouse3År sedan
  • ring binders and giant disks lol welcome to the 80s!

    Ar364Ar364År sedan
  • We had this in our school in Australia in 1987. I was one of the few who had access to use it.

    Mark BathMark BathÅr sedan
  • compulation? is that a real word?

    Concept ProductionsConcept ProductionsÅr sedan
  • I woke up to this playing and this is amazing!! So happy I saw this. Can't help but remember when I was a kid I found a box of those huge disks but I had no idea what they where so I didn't grab them.. :( Stupid me..

    BillyBobs CatBillyBobs CatÅr sedan
  • wouldn't be the correct way to say it like dome (like in under the dome) ... because i don't think that doom and dome are spelled the same

    Chris aka SchulbusChris aka SchulbusÅr sedan
    • You're confusing Modern English with Middle English.

      gwishartgwishart2 månader sedan
  • 7:40 that's the fucking song used for the Second to None Bradley IFV comerical. What the hell.

    hedgehog3180hedgehog3180År sedan
  • I also love that dark, dystopian, 80's BBC feel; it reminds me of Threads.

    Frishmeister79Frishmeister79År sedan
  • 1:28 is that laserdisc format?

    Light YagamiLight YagamiÅr sedan
  • 17:20. Early Mario 64

    Max WelshMax WelshÅr sedan
  • holy crap no one even mannaged to emulate this : ?

    SilicaSilicaÅr sedan
  • Incredible !

    Public BeatsPublic BeatsÅr sedan
  • I came back just to listen to the intro music of the disc... it is amazing

    Pierre PrinzbachPierre PrinzbachÅr sedan
  • You don't see any cell phone zombies in the 80's street views.

    Simon Legree 63Simon Legree 63År sedan
  • dope

    Rashad GloverRashad GloverÅr sedan
  • enjoyed the video,thanks,subed

    yobb89yobb89År sedan
  • prima ci rubano la tecnologia poi si fanno pure i documentari...tutt'appost (per chi non lo sapeva il primo PC al MONDO è italiano, anni 60, olivetti) Oggi noi dovevamo fare un documentario come questo a voi stranieri ladri =)

    AntimA TorinoAntimA TorinoÅr sedan
  • I don't get it, seems useless and waste of time.

    Agreeable DragonAgreeable DragonÅr sedan
  • I remember this in school! They showed us in class one day, I had no idea what I was looking at, but it was incredibly impressive at the time to see.

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  • Can it run Crysis?

    Sbstn SlrznSbstn SlrznÅr sedan
  • But the name still does not make sense, unless it is a real foreshadowing of our doomsday brought to us by our "great" technology. yay it's creepy to me, but I know it's just a personal perception of the reality.

    groundmisterygroundmisteryÅr sedan
  • I used to love playing with this at school... there was a disc issue so when I went to a certain point on a walk it crashed. And I think I probably tried on a regular basis, like it would magicaly change.

    OldUKAdsOldUKAdsÅr sedan
  • 14:50 Why does 9 year old Catherine buy and eat "some rock"?

    jonndajonndaÅr sedan
    • gwishart Ahh, ok. I have never heard of that before. In the USA, we have rock candy but it’s entirely different. I’m glad Catherine wasn’t buying crack cocaine, or literal rocks.

      jonndajonnda2 månader sedan
    • en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_(confectionery)

      gwishartgwishart2 månader sedan
  • this video is racist. it shows that in the 80's most of britain was inhabited by white people. it proves that there is a population replacement project going on and we can't have that.

    MarMarÅr sedan
  • I really enjoyed this video. Many Thanks for the Upload.

    Thorium Heavy IndustriesThorium Heavy IndustriesÅr sedan
  • Excellent video. Seriously impressive what they achieved at that time.

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  • Excellent video. Seriously impressive what they achieved at that time.

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  • The difference between this and the real domesday book is that the real book was readable a millennium later. The equipment to read the modern version is almost extinct less than 30 years later.

    Nick HillNick HillÅr sedan
  • If you look closely, you'll see that the nun was actually flipping off. @18:32

    Tarif Tahmeed KhanTarif Tahmeed KhanÅr sedan
  • A whole 2 gb?! Wow! I've got a portable hard drive with 500gb capacity and it's smaller than the disk. Times have changed a little ;-)

    Trident HTrident HÅr sedan
  • That's impressive

    William BlackWilliam BlackÅr sedan
  • This is a glimpse of Britain the first time I visited it. Only white people. Little different ethnicities. Not a PC comment though.

    honestguy77 !honestguy77 !År sedan
  • This computer is a Time Machine. HaHaHa Great !!!

    ChinnyChan1995ChinnyChan1995År sedan
  • 33 years from now, they're gonna talk about Google Streetview like they talk about this. How archaic, we'll laugh.

    Gabriel SteigerGabriel SteigerÅr sedan
  • Where will we be in 2039 after Skynet?

    Big DogCountryBig DogCountryÅr sedan
  • Where's the cassette GPS one from the 60's?

    Big DogCountryBig DogCountryÅr sedan
  • Ahhh the 1980's what a great decade

    mikey pmikey pÅr sedan
  • video starts at 17:32

    Devin KanDevin KanÅr sedan
  • This was an awesome trip back to the 80's

    H WilsonH WilsonÅr sedan
  • thx! very interesting video!

    bottipoikabottipoikaÅr sedan
  • stuff that we think is new or newer technology has been attempted by many. amazing!

    Killuminati1bloodKilluminati1bloodÅr sedan
  • Imagine a discman for that thing.... it's the size of a vinyl record XD

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  • Why don't they make this for free now on the BBC website. I would love to walk through the 1980s England.

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  • I remember my Dad telling me about this around 1988. The thing is he worked for the New South Wales Education Dept in Australia. So, they must have bought a copy or been given a copy to assess. I assume the Australian Federal or New South State Gov't might have been considering doing something similar, at the time?

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  • really impressive :O

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