Europeana eNews: Television heritage on Europeana

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More than 12,000 video programmes, documents and photographs covering 60 years of television in Europe are now available on Europeana. Provided by 20 leading European archives and broadcasters through the EUscreen project, this material gives you a unique chance to discover European television heritage.

The content ranges from science and technology to health with a remarkable series on smoking, to arts and culture with rare interviews and music performances. For example, you can watch a bizarre interview with the members of Monty Python, the famous British comedy group that created the television sketch comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

You can also find ample material documenting important social and political events, from the sexual revolution and feminism to the politics of European integration and the break up of Yugoslavia. Watch an unusual news report from the 1960s to learn about the role of women in the society of that time, or follow the news coverage on the introduction of the Euro to feel the uncertainties about the new currency shared by people around Europe.

However, the EUscreen’s collection is not only impressive in its range of topics. It is also rich in contextual information that helps users makes sense of the online material.

“We take special care to provide all our content, coming from more than 20 European television and audio-visual archives, with well-aligned and comprehensive metadata — information including program descriptions, subjects and topics — to fully contextualise our content. All descriptions are available both in English and the original language and all items are fully accessible for online streaming”, said Johan Oomen, EUscreen’s technical director.

By the end of this year, EUscreen will contribute over 30,000 digital items celebrating Europe’s cultural diversity. “This material is not only about television, it is also about how television documents and shapes history and historical events, and how they in turn affect television. This material offers a great insight into our history within and across different European nations”, said Sonja de Leeuw, EUscreen’s project coordinator.