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Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid

About Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is one of the largest audio-visual archives in Europe. The Institute preserves a major part of the Dutch audio-visual heritage and makes it accessible to potential users. The collection totals over 700,000 hours of television, radio, music and film. But the Institute is more than just a collection. Apart from functioning as an audio-visual archive for the national broadcasting corporations and others, it also offers a unique media experience for its visitors.

Home of the national broadcasting archives and owner of unique audio-visual collections

Sound and Vision focuses on collecting and preserving most of the audio-visual heritage of the Netherlands and making it available to as many users as possible. The Institute’s collection forms an important part of the Dutch cultural heritage. Programme makers use parts of the collection for new programmes and the archive is a unique source of information for research, not only for students and academics, but also for journalists, international production companies and broadcasting organisations.

New material is added to the Sound and Vision collection on a daily basis. The Institute is responsible for keeping the collection in optimal condition, for both present and future use. Digitalisation is an essential part of this preservation, both for efficient long-term management and for making the collection accessible.

Unique collections highly suitable for international use

The collections, unique in their size and variety, offer an exceptional view of the history of the Netherlands. Some of the Sound and Vision collections are of high international repute. They are extremely suitable for reuse and will give your productions an extra added value.