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 www.nadebevrijding.nl.
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.