Jersey

Project marking 25 years of Jersey's history

The bottom of King Street in 1986 and 2011
Image caption The Domesday Project saw contributions from people across Jersey on their life and their area

In 1986 the BBC asked a million people to contribute to a digital snapshot of Britain called The BBC Domesday Project.

The scale and ambition of this project was unprecedented and has not been matched since.

The British Isles was divided into three by four kilometre blocks and each was allocated to a school, WI branch, scout troop or individual.

The survey included Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and the Isle of Man.

Jersey was split into 19 blocks covering the 12 parishes and coastal areas.

At the time Jersey's capital, St Helier, was described as "the centre of most aspects of island life".

It talks about the wide range of accommodation available "from small guest houses to large hotels" and the "many hire car companies and coach tour operators".

Other areas of island life covered by the Jersey contributors included the opposition to the flooding of Queen's Valley.

Image caption The Queen's Valley Reservoir was completed in 1991 by Jersey Water.

It says: " In spite of compelling the resignation of the responsible committee in the States as the result of a petition unique in Jersey's history, the States finally agreed to flood by 1 vote.

"However, the campaign has continued and the anti-flooding group have still not given up."

Queen's Valley is now Jersey's largest reservoir, holding up to 262 million gallons of water.

The flooding also took with it a farm house that was the television home of Bergerac, the BBC television detective played by John Nettles.

The format the original information was recorded on became first un-affordable and then obsolete. The result was that most people never saw their contributions.

Now, 25 years after The Domesday Project was completed, the BBC has republished this community archive as an interactive website.

The project used the latest digital technology available in 1986 and was only expected to cost about £1,000 per school.

The costs spiralled and the computer required became too expensive for schools and libraries to buy.

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