Posted on 21/08/2012
Virtual exhibitions exploring thousands of historical news and current affairs programmes will be available online following a collaborative project involving researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London.
EUscreen is a collaboration with 36 partners from 19 countries providing access to thousands of items of archive TV footage dating from the early 1900s until today. Academics at Royal Holloway, University of London have played a key role developing the idea for virtual exhibitions which organise and contextualise the archive television content.
Dr Sian Barber, from the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, worked with designers, technologists and colleagues at the British Universities Film and Video Council to develop the exhibition building tools.
The exhibitions cover historical events, political debates and everyday life in Europe, grouping expert knowledge and materials on a wide range of subjects. Dr Barber was curator of an exhibition, Being European, which brings together source materials from providers across the continent and is divided in multiple strands that showcase what European culture and identity may signify.
These inter-archival exhibitions add new meaning to the collection of unique television materials and make them accessible to a different and larger audience.
Rob Turnock, a Research Fellow in the Department of Media Arts, said: "The virtual exhibitions offer a fantastic way to explore the content. There is a wealth of material available through the EU Screen portal and the exhibitions offer a great way of organising the material according to key themes."
Visitors will be able to form their own stories and add more connections between the richness of 60 years of television history in Europe using the exhibition tools.
The project will also allow for the insertion of multimedia materials from all the project’s content providers and link back to the original items on the site, where users can find out more about them, share the links or get in touch with the providers themselves.
To explore the exhibitions that are currently available, visit the EUscreen website. Further exhibitions will be added later in the year.