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Domesday Book Online

By August 5, 2006

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The Domesday Book, Britainís nearly millennium old survey of land use and ownership, has been fully scanned, databased and placed online. Now a few clicks can give you access to high quality images of the original Latin document and a translation. However, after half an hour spent on the site (The British National Archives) I still hadnít found a way to access the pages I wanted without paying. Now, I could be completely wrong and there could be free access, but if you do have to pay thatís very disappointing. The Domesday Book is a public treasure and should be available freely to all. I recognise that their were costs incurred in placing the text online, but those should be covered by the government or sponsorship, because heritage and history this important should not be restricted.


August 8, 2006 at 11:42 am
(1) James Brush says:

I fully agree with you on this topic and hope others do as well. I wonder if you can convey this message to the people in charge at the museum

August 8, 2006 at 2:40 pm
(2) Mike Morris says:

I got a good summary and background out of this site. Maybe the links to individual pages are buried somewhere. I agree entirely that these are unique documents and should be free for all to view. The money required from the government to set this up is miniscule when compared to other outlays.

January 7, 2007 at 1:02 pm
(3) Jim Pye says:

I note all the comments but have to put all these gripes in context. The material you are wanting to see can be seen for free by visiting The National Archives at Kew (TNA) where there is a copy of Alecto’s Digital Domesday available in the Treasury. This product is the most expensive version of a range of CD-ROM products and includes a full free text search capability and access to every one of the 888 folios of Domesday Book. However, the products were not cheap to produce and there was no government or sponsorship money available to assist with the very significant cost of scanning the original folios (see http://www.history.ac.uk/digit/pearson for an article covering the whole process). The material now offered on-line by TNA is taken directly from this Alecto material and is charged at a very modest rate per download bearing in mind the very substantial costs involved in the whole project to date. For a copy of Digital Domesday for your own use you can visit the Phillimore website (www.phillimore.co.uk) where different versions can be ordered ranging in price from about £50 (County Edition) to £450 (Silver Edition). The Scholar’s version (Gold Edition) costs over £2,000 and can be obtained from Alecto Historical Editions (www.alectoeditions.com).

January 31, 2008 at 1:52 pm
(4) ed burton says:

It is possible that the NMRC (national monument record centre) in Swindon holds a copy of the Domesday Book digitally. The NMRC holds a copy of every archaeological archive in the UK ever created. So they’re bound to have something on it.

March 19, 2008 at 3:44 am
(5) Floroskop says:

I think this try.

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