BBC Domesday Reloaded paints picture of Gloucestershire
In 1986, the BBC ran a Domesday project asking people across Britain to help paint a picture of life in the mid-1980s.
It was inspired by the epic Domesday book commissioned in 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066.
He wanted to find out how much land and resources were owned in England, so he could raise tax on it.
Twenty-five years ago, the BBC divided an Ordnance Survey map of the UK into 3km (1.9 miles) by 4km (2.5 miles) rectangles, called D-blocks.
These areas were allocated to schools, Women's Institute groups, scout troops and - sometimes - enthusiastic individuals.
The BBC asked these people "to capture and record the life and landscape of the 1980s in their area, using photos and text".
Some 9,000 of the blocks were completed, generating 24,000 images and 150,000 pages of text.
In Gloucestershire, residents commented on everything from issues affecting their local area to the seemingly trivial - all of which gave a valuable insight into life 25 years ago.
- Sheep were pictured in July 1985 being auctioned on the site in Gloucester which is now home to the St Oswalds Retail Park
- In June 1985, D Davis commented on the "frustrating delays" caused by Alstone's level crossing in Cheltenham
- Gloucestershire's mobile library was snapped by G N Dubber on its once fortnightly visit to Waterlane
- In a photo of the River Thames at Kemble, the contributor said that disease had killed many trees
- Mrs Gleed took a photo of a Maypole being painted by Mr Wheeler, at Paganhill(?), in preparation for its re-erection after roadworks
- School dinners can be seen being served on "airline trays" in a picture taken by M Walsh at St Mary's Primary School in Churchdown
- A picture of GCHQ in Benhall, Cheltenham, was submitted before the famous 'doughnut' building was erected on the same site
Domesday 1986 was a groundbreaking project and hugely successful at gathering information.
But in one important aspect it was a failure: the data was preserved on then state-of-the-art laser discs and was never accessible to the public.
Now that is going to be put right as the BBC finally publishes all of the 1986 Domesday community data online.
It's a fantastic record of life a quarter of a century ago - and we did it all without the help of email and the internet, so the potential to gather information in 2011 is enormous.
The BBC is asking you to help paint a picture of what life is like in the UK in 2011, compared with 25 years ago.
Britain has been split up again - using the same grid - for Domesday Reloaded, which runs until November.
We want you to explore the photos and articles from 1986 to find out how life in Britain has changed today... and how some things have stayed the same.
Maybe you have information or an image which can update what was submitted in 1986? This can all be done via the Domesday Reloaded website.
Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collectively, these many small stories should reveal a bigger social history of Britain over the last quarter of a century.
Everything we gather will be preserved for future generations at The National Archives in Kew.