This is another place where you can download the archived BBC websites which they deleted as part of a restructure (original announcement below). I have provided the files for you to explore and have a browse through.
Files are provided as is for non commercial, personal use only.
Snippet of Annoucement:
On Monday 24th January 2011 the BBC announced that it would be restructuring its online department – with 360 job losses and the deletion of 200 of its top level directories (including the websites that live under them – eghttp://www.bbc.co.uk/blast). 172 of of those top level directories are due to be deleted within the coming 12 months.
Most of these sites are already ‘mothballed’, which means that the BBC has discontinued the development of these websites on a day-to-day basis. However with this announcement the BBC has decided to go further and physically delete these sites from its servers – thus removing them from the Internet altogether in the name of ‘significant’ cost savings.
(Nick Reynolds, Social Media Executive for BBC Online and also a thoroughly nice chap, has pointed out the BBC’s side of this, which I am delighted to link to in the interest of fairness)
As time goes on, the on-going cost of storing website data decreases – to the extent that the sum total of these sites is practically nothing by today’s standards.
The purpose of this project is to show how the entire 172 public facing websites that are earmarked for deletion have been copied, archived, distributed and republished online – independently – for the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee (around $3.99).
In other words the true cost saving of this horrendous exercise is nothing more than your morning’s grande skinny caramel latte.