BBC Domesday Reloaded

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BBC Domesday Reloaded
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Available inEnglish
Launched12 May 2011; 11 years ago (2011-05-12)[1]
Current statusArchived, non-functioning (July 2018)

BBC Domesday Reloaded was a local history web site for the digitised content of the BBC's 1986 Domesday Project. It was launched in May 2011[2][3][4][5][6] and included some updates contributed by users during 2011. During the site's first day of public operation, over two million pages were viewed.[7]


The BBC said that it worked with The National Archives to transfer the material.[8] The data was extracted to a PC compatible computer by communication[how?] with a BBC Master computer which could read the disks from the original system. The transfer was facilitated by Simon Guerrero and Andy Finney, who were involved in the original project (Andy as an engineer and Simon as a teenage contributor).[citation needed]

In December 2011, the BBC announced installations of large horizontally installed (table-style) touchscreen interfaces to the data, known as "TouchTable". They are housed at its MediaCityUK site in Salford and The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley.[7][9][10] The TouchTables used have a diagonal display size of 52 inches, which exceeded the largest LCD-based Surface 2.0 screen available at the time.[11] The TouchTables were reported to have been developed by eMoot[12] and allow up to four users to browse through the information at the same time,[10] using 12 touch points simultaneously.[13]

The website was transferred to The National Archives in June 2018.[14]

Main features[edit]

The website provided online access to images and articles from the original Domesday Project. Visitors were able to update information from their local area[15] until the end of October 2011.[16][17] Some local libraries hosted events for residents to contribute updates to the site.[18][19]


  1. ^ "BBC Domesday Reloaded unveils rarely-seen local material from 1986". BBC. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. [...] has been unearthed through BBC Domesday Reloaded [...]
  2. ^ The National Archives - the UK government's official archive
  3. ^ Lanxon, Nate (6 May 2011). "Behind the BBC's Domesday Reloaded". Wired UK. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  4. ^ Musgrove, Dave (12 May 2011). "Domesday Reloaded". BBC History. Retrieved 7 November 2011. Domesday Reloaded reopens to the public the material that was gathered 25 years ago for the BBC Domesday project.
  5. ^ Sung, Dan (6 May 2011). "BBC Domesday Project Reloaded for the Internet age". Pocket-lint. Retrieved 7 November 2011. In a matter of days, all of that information will finally be available to see online as Domesday Reloaded.
  6. ^ "Domesday Reloaded". East of England Broadband Network. Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. Today, the BBC launched the Domesday Reloaded website.
  7. ^ a b Lee, Dave (7 December 2011). "Domesday Reloaded Project opens at Bletchley Park". BBC News. Retrieved 8 December 2011. The BBC's Domesday Project has been made into an interactive 'touchtable' now on display at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. [...] Over two million pages were viewed on the website's first day open to the public.
  8. ^ "BBC Learning takes you back to Eighties with Domesday Reloaded". BBC. 6 May 2011. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. BBC Learning has been working very closely with The National Archives and with their help and expertise in web archiving and digital preservation, this valuable resource will be available to the public for generations to come.
  9. ^ "MediaCity to house Domesday data". How-Do. 2 December 2011. Archived from the original on 8 January 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011. [...] housed in what the BBC describes as a "touchable" – a computer that allows up to four people at once to search maps, photos and articles of the UK in 1986 and 2011. [...] Another "touchable" will be housed at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. Saul Nassé, Controller of BBC Learning, said: "[...] with the touchable [...]"
  10. ^ a b Leach, Anna (8 December 2011). "Domesday Book put on touchscreen at Bletchley Park". The Register. Retrieved 8 December 2011. Unveiled today, the Domesday Touchtable will let four users at a time browse through the 50GB of info including 25,000 photographs. There are two Domesday Touchtables in the country - the second is in the BBC's Manchester MediaCity campus.
  11. ^ Coldewey, Devin (7 December 2011). "UK's "Domesday Reloaded" Archives On Touch-Table At Bletchley Park". TechCrunch. Retrieved 8 December 2011. [...] also put together a touch-enabled version for a Surface-like touchscreen table. It's not actually a Surface; the 52-inch screen is larger than the latest Samsung-based Surface 2.0 [...]
  12. ^ Schofield, Jack (8 December 2011). "BBC's multitouch Domesday table developed by eMoot". ZDNet. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2011. [...] it appears that the Domesday Touchtable was developed by London-based eMoot Limited.
  13. ^ "Domesday comes to National Museum of Computing". Milton Keynes Citizen. Milton Keynes. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. The interface has 12 simultaneous touch-points [...]
  14. ^ Mansfield, Alex. "The Last Post". BBC Domesday Reloaded. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  15. ^ 1980s Domesday Reloaded data goes online
  16. ^ Grant, Darren (31 October 2011). "Domesday Reloaded Submissions end Today". Domesday Special Interest Group. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2011. [...] October the 31st is the last day for submissions.
  17. ^ Copeman, Neil (14 October 2011). "Last chance to update Domesday Reloaded: Make your mark on history". BBC. Retrieved 7 November 2011. On the 31st October it's time for us to close Domesday Reloaded to updates and new submissions. [...] We're doing this to mark the end of the 2011 project and to enable The National Archives to capture the site and preserve the data [...]
  18. ^ "Listings guide". Derbyshire Times. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. Local Studies Day, Bring your 1980s memorabilia: toys, games, fashion, stories and memories. The aim is to update the 1986 BBC Domesday information for Whitwell on the Domesday Reloaded site at Whitwell Library, See 2pm till 5pm.
  19. ^ "Library to stage BBC Domesday Reloaded event". Bradley Stoke Journal. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. Bradley Stoke Library is staging a "Back to the '80s" event on Saturday (21st May) to mark the 25th anniversary of the BBC's Domesday Project.

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