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A BBC Landward team visited Lismore on Wednesday 27th April to record an insert for a Landward programme to be transmitted on May 20th on BBC2 Scotland at 7pm.

In 1986, 25 years ago, Lismore Primary School took part in the BBC managed Domesday Project. Mrs Doranne Willis, then the head teacher, and her pupils were invited to produce a record of life on the island which would be incorporated into a record of life throughout the UK. Originally stored on laser disc, then the most advanced storage and retrieval system available, the records were to be made available to anyone with access to such technology. Rapid advances in technology soon made the laser disc redundant and, at the present time, the records are being re-stored on a database which will become available on the web.

On a day of perfect sunshine, Laura Cook, who as a young Laura MacDougall was one of the school pupils involved in 1986, arrived at the school with her children. There she was interviewed by presenter Sarah Mack. Back in 1986 Laura sang a Gaelic song which was used as part of the original soundtrack of a documentary about the Domesday Project. On Wednesday 27th she sang again.

Later, farmer Archie MacColl, who in 1986 was seen explaining to the pupils the art of silage making, took time off lambing to talk about how the island has changed in the last 25 years and retired skipper Duncan Black, who worked for Yeoman Glensanda in 1986 and took the school pupils on a boat trip to view the quarry, was asked for his views on present day Lismore.

The five minute insert into the Landward programme should be well worth viewing.

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