Domesday reloaded - an update

Brook Street Primary School in Carlisle
Image caption Brook Street Primary School participated in the original Domesday project

In 1986 the BBC launched an ambitious project to record a snapshot of everyday life in Britain. Domesday Reloaded is the sequel to the original project and, for the first time, the project is being made available online.

You can explore, see the pictures, update the information and make your mark on our collective history.

A million volunteers took part 25 years ago, including many schools and local groups in Cumbria.

In Cumbria

Brook Street Primary School in Carlisle was one of the schools which took part in 1986.

They wrote about current clothing fashions, shopping, the railway, the jobs their parents did, and life at home and at school.

Fashions included - jeans, baggy jumpers and bright socks. White jackets and pastel shades were coming into fashion. Colours like lemon, mint, white, pink and blue were popular.

They interviewed their teacher Mr. Walker about fashion. He said some of it was very creative, and that most people prefer to be casually dressed in comfortable clothes.

Playtime at school

The children also wrote about games they played in their breaktimes at school.

One was called "Poison Fingers" and the instructions were as follows "One person is 'man' and the rest of the players hold her fingers. She calls a player's name and that player has to evade the catcher.

"If caught the player puts her hands on the wall but she can be freed by somebody, who has yet to be caught, running under her arms."

None of the children we spoke to at Brook Street Primary in 2011 had heard of this game. But the teachers and classroom assistants remembered it well.

Looking back

The children in 2011 were asked what they thought life might have been like 25 years ago.

A few of them thought many electrical appliances were not around and some even thought even electricity was not available.

Another little girl thought that there were no horses or games in 1986.

Looking back at the archives - In 1986 the children reported that they spent their spare time differently to modern children.

One child said: "In the evening I go to Guides until 9.00 p.m. When I get home I play records and watch television. After that my dad takes me to the chipshop to buy my supper."

In 2011, perhaps not surprisingly, all the children said they played computer games in their spare time but some also went out and played with their friends. So some things have not changed.

Looking to the future

The modern children were asked what they think life might be like in 2036.

Environment and green issues were mentioned a lot. However, some thought we might all be driving hybrid cars and that the weather would be warmer.