Na de Bevrijding XL


Public service broadcaster NTR created a seven-part television series about the first five years after World War II in The Netherlands. The series paints a pervasive picture about this little known period in which the recently liberated country slowly began to recover from the chaos of war. The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, media museum and national audiovisual archive, cooperated with NTR to provide a mobile site in expansion of the TV series.

Each episode of the Na de bevrijding series is accompanied by an online XL edition. This interactive version lets visitors browse through the orginal archive sources. The online version provides full access to the films, soundtracks, photos and newspaper articles used in the series. You can watch the trailer of the series’ XL version here and visit the site at

Screen shots

1. Home page, from where visitors can choose one of seven episodes.

Beginning of episode
2. After choosing a episode the viewer can watch every programme in full. The source timeline shows thumbnails from the archive materials used.

High-light 3. A spotlight highlights the thumbnails of the corresponding source material.

Clicked on item4. The viewer can click on the tumbnails to see more information about and play the source material.

Play item5. All archive materials can be watched in full. Selecting the archive resource pauses the episode.

View pictures6. Besides audiovisual materials the site also displays photographs, news paper articles and soundtracks.


The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision maintains and provides access to 70 per cent of the Dutch audiovisual heritage, comprising approximately 750,000 hours of television, radio, music and film and web video, making Sound and Vision one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe. Sound and Vision is the business archive of the national broadcasting corporations and has made available thousands of hours of archive footage online. The institute also operates as a visitor attraction aimed at the general public and is visited by over 200,000 people annually.

The archive is a rich resource for television researchers, students and the general public alike. This online environment allows the museum to expand access to its collections and allow non-traditional means to invite audiences in. The guiding line of a familiar format – a historical television series – in this case forms the backbone to provide several layers of accessibility. The double timeline allows TV viewers to make their own decisions on how much of the archive material  they wish to experience and how much time they wish to spend with the audiovisual sources of this little-known period.