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Acorn BBC Domesday System

The BBC Domesday Project was a partnership between Acorn Computers Ltd, Philips, Logica and the BBC to mark the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book, an 11th century census of England.

When it was launched in 1986 the BBC AIV system cost £5156.75 (inc VAT).

The data on these discs was compiled between 1984 and 1986 and published in 1986. It included a new 'survey' of the United Kingdom, in which people, mostly school children, wrote about geography, history or social issues in their local area or just about their daily lives. This was linked with maps, and many colour photos, statistical data, video and 'virtual walks'. Over 1 million people participated in the project. The project also incorporated professionally-prepared video footage, virtual reality tours of major landmarks and other prepared datasets such as the 1981 census.

Manufacturer: Acorn Computers Limited
Date: 1986

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Acorn BBC Domesday System Articles:

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David Holdsworth: Reminiscence Unknown

Magazines RELATED to Acorn BBC Domesday System in our Library

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Personal Computer World - January 1987 1 Jan 1987
Acorn User - February 1985 1 Apr 2009

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH7140. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


Acorn BBC Domesday System

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