The Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) manages an extensive collection of audio-visual records, including photographs, maps, posters, audio-recordings, videos, and other items that illustrate European cultural heritage.
In its efforts to facilitate access to these resources, the Archives works continuously to enhance preservation techniques and the consultation tools available to it users, in line with the latest technological advancements. The HAEU reached a significant milestone in 2022 with the launch of a multimedia portal that allows researchers to search and consult audio-visual records in the Archives’ collections.
In conjunction with the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2023, the HAEU is thrilled to introduce a new component of the multimedia portal: an online exhibition site. The site hosts exhibits curated by the Historical Archives to inform the public about significant people, institutions or events in the history of European integration.
The exhibits currently available on the website show documents and audiovisual materials that allow visitors to delve into the early history of the euro, explore the first three decades of the European Investment Bank, or, more locally, visualize images from the history of the European University Institute.
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, observed annually on October 27th, is a collaborative initiative by UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Association (CCAAA). Its mission is to pay homage to the professionals and institutions dedicated to preserving audio-visual heritage for future generations. This day also serves as an opportunity to discover the wealth of audio-visual materials from around the world and engage in discussions regarding their unique features, vulnerabilities, and technical aspects.
Take a moment to travel through European history by visiting the HAEU’s online exhibition site!