1985 the BBC instigated the DOMESDAY Project for groups to
record information about their area to form part of the
large UK Project.
School was selected for Verwood and under the inspirational
leadership of Mrs P. Reeks and Mrs. D Imlach, the then top
year produced the following information.
that this is the children's work and gives an insight into
Verwood's recent past.
The photographs that have been reproduced on
other pages were copied from old photocopies and are
therefore of very poor quality. It is hoped that these will
be replaced with the originals when these can be located.
Updates and additional information has been added in orange text.
following letter was received from the BBC but the current
state of the project is not known.
54-58 UXBRIDGE ROAD
writing on behalf of the Domesday Project and the BBC
to thank you for your splendid contribution to the
Domesday Disc, which we have now received
safely. We have been most gratified by the very
high quality of the work that has been done. We
naturally hoped that those who took part would find
the project interesting and of real educational value
and are delighted to hear that this seems to have been
the case. We have been amazed at the imagination
and attention to detail that has gone into so many
entries. As thousands of photographs, floppy
discs and cassettes pour into Bilton House we are
beginning to get an impression of what an exciting
resource we have created together. Please pass on our
thanks and congratulations to everyone who has been
involved in your school and community. We hope
you enjoyed compiling your entry and will be pleased
with the way it appears on the Domesday Discs.
will realise, we now begin the complex process of
fitting all the local material together, and adding to
it large amounts of official statistics on Britain,
Ordnance Survey maps, nature walks, film clips,
satellite pictures and much more. This process
will take us a full year before the discs are ready to
be launched in November of next year.
As to the
future, we have heard from some areas that people are
keen to continue with this kind of co-ordinated
project work. Others feel that the tight timetable
forced on us by the Domesday anniversary may have
limited what they could achieve. We will,
therefore, be considering whether there is sufficient
interest to mount a second phase of the project at
some time in the future, so that other classes or
groups can have a chance to take part and our coverage
of the country can be extended even further.
again, thank you very much on behalf of the whole
Domesday team here. We hope you have enjoyed the
project as much as we have.
PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS aged 8/9 yrs (were)
R. D. Seviour
This report by Chris Little
who aged 9 (in 1986) was one of the HillsideFirstSchool contributors to the project
appeared in the October 1996 edition of the Viewpoint
After finishing the Domesday
project last Autumn, we decided that it would be nice
to see the Domesday Exhibition and the Domesday Books.
We set off for the Domesday
Exhibition, Londonat on Friday 16th May. On the way to
the Fleet Service Station where we were going to stop
half way, Chris F. and I had to spot and write down
how many churches, bridges, vans, tractors and lorries
we saw. The rest of the way we just looked at some of
the sights. When we stopped, we were outside Hyde Parkwhere we had lunch.
After lunch we got back on the coach
and headed for the Domesday Exhibition. On the way we
saw lots of the sights of London. We saw Trafalgar Square, that was the best of them. When
we arrived at the Public Records Office and went
inside, there was a lady giving out stickers.
We first watched a Video and
that was very interesting, then we went downstairs. We
saw a model monk that had a life-like face, then we
saw a Norman soldier like the monk. There were lots of
old books in the room, the great Domesday Book was
split into three and the little Domesday book was
split into five. Then we went into a room which had
what was called a Magic Lantern, which was projecting
pictures with questions and answers. After that we
went into a room where there was a man making
parchment. To make parchment you have to get a
sheepskin, then you get a half moon shaped knife and
scrape the hair off the skin, the knife is also used
to smooth it down to the level you can write on.
Later we went into the
Domesday Shop and I bought a pencil sharpener, a pen,
a badge and a keyring for Dad because he could not
come. When we had come out of the exhibition, Mrs.
Reeks took us to the Thames Embankment. I enjoyed
watching all the boats on the river, the traffic on
the road was amazing. We saw bridges further along the
embankment and tried to get to one of the bridges,
thinking how nice it would be to stand in the middle
of one, but we realised that there wasn't time.
We got back on the coach and headed
for BatterseaPark, on the way we passed Battersea
Dogs Home. Just inside BatterseaParkthere was a cage, in it was a deer
and a peacock. We walked towards a lake, on it we saw
some ducks and geese, also there were some
windsurfers. We stopped to have tea by the lake. After
tea we had a little play, then we all piled back on to
the coach to head for home. 1 wished there had been
more time. We set off for home through more tremendous
traffic jams. We arrived at Fleet Service Station at
about where we had a drink and a play on
some play apparatus. After we had left Fleet Service
Station, we had a singsong. We arrived home tired but
we'd had an enjoyable day. Dad was waiting with the
car to take us straight home.
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