This article was contributed by Basil Lewis in 2011.
I was an Education Adviser with Humberside responsible for Media Resources and as a geography graduate, it was considered appropriate by my chief that I should do the co-ordinating job. I retired in 1989 and at that time there was a Domesday System working in the Hull Division Education Centre. What happened to it, I don't know. It was located in the Advisers office there and not generally available to people using the centre. I am going to try to find out where it went.
I was given a room for the co-ordinating role and had to contact schools to ask them to participate. In general, primary schools had one OS Map square, and secondary schools about 5, though it depended where they were located. I received the input and passed it on after checking that it did not contain anything to which anyone might object. One example I remember particularly came from Bugthorpe Primary where a well known Earl's household disclosed the secret codes for access to a well known Hall, visited frequently by the royal family. We removed the reference!
The material was very patchy, some of it extremely detailed and covering several facets of the square involved. Others were far less so. The Womens Institute were also involved although I had nothing to do with their work and hopefully, their work would have covered the gaps in the Education input.
Because the Domesday work had to be fitted in with every day operations, I could not give it the time or make the visits to schools as much as it deserved or I would have wished.
Basil Lewis 28th April 2011
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