Lincolnshire Domesday records made public

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Image caption Domesday 1986 was inspired by the Domesday book commissioned by William the Conqueror

Accounts of what life was like in Lincolnshire in 1986 are being made public for the first time as part of the BBC's Domesday Reloaded project.

Twenty five years ago schools and other groups helped to paint a picture of life in Britain at the time.

The BBC, inspired by the Domesday book commissioned by William the Conqueror, asked people "to capture and record the life and landscape in their area".

The original information and pictures have now been published online.

Domesday Reloaded

Back in the 1980s, the BBC divided an Ordnance Survey map of the UK into 3km by 4km rectangles, called D-blocks.

The aim was for the data, which could be read on 'Domesday machines' (BBC Micro computers) to be made available to every school, library and university in the UK.

Image caption In 1986 British Petroleum (BP) were drilling for oil at Willingham near Gainsborough

The BBC have now launched Domesday Reloaded, using the same grid system, and are asking the public to help create a picture of Britain in 2011.

This can all be done via the Domesday Reloaded website or by emailing - All new material will be preserved for future generations at The National Archives in Kew.

By exploring the images and articles from the original project you will be able to see how much has changed in Lincolnshire, and how much has stayed the same.

Snapshot of Lincolnshire in 1986

  • An image of a British Petroleum rig drilling for oil at Willingham near Gainsborough is among the 1986 records.
  • A marine zoo that is "well worth a visit and is not very dear" is how one contributor described their visit to Natureland in Skegness.
  • A view across Lincoln's Brayford Pool shows "old and modern housing" according to the contributor.
  • In 1986, the village of Braceby had a flock of 600 breeding mule ewes which were served by ten Suffolk rams.
  • One young contributor wrote about what Sutton-on-Sea might look like in 100 years time - "It will have a chemist where you will get your dinner as it will just be tablets in whatever flavour you choose and people in the town will have weird vehicles that run on fresh air".