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Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture - Register NOW!

22 June 2011

London Centre

The FOCAL International Jane Mercer Memorial Lecture

Hosted by the RTS London Centre, ITV-The London Television Centre


Did the BBC invent the future in 1986 with its innovative interactive video Domesday Project? The BBC Domesday Project was an interactive video production made as part of the celebrations of the 900th anniversary of the Domesday Book. It was put together with the help of around a million members of the British public and showed what it was like to live in Britain in the 1980s. It was certainly innovative but its cost to buy and rapid changes in technology left it in limbo until the BBC revisited it in 2011. So why did it lie neglected and forgotten until BBC Learning reloaded it for the 25th anniversary? Andy Finney helped founder Peter Armstrong to start the project and then went on to produce some of the disc contents and eventually to reclaim the content for the new millennium. Andy will explain how the project came about, how it worked and was produced, and what questions it raises for long-term preservation in the digital age. And if we're very careful, you might just see the real thing in action once again.

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Refreshments, tea and coffee will be available from 6.30pm and the evening will finish before 9pm.