The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together film and television clips that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st Centuries.
The EUscreenXL project
The EUscreenXL project ran from 2013 to 2016 and combined film and television collections from around Europe. Through the project, EUscreen extended its core collection adding another 22,000 high quality TV and film items to its previous total of over 37000 items in the EUscreen ‘Core Collection’, gathered from 24 content partners’ collections.
Screen Archive South East is the project’s UK content provider for this project and was awarded 53,885 Euros to fund its content delivery. As part of the project, SASE catalogued and delivered over 1000 previously uncatalogued films to the project’s collection. These films are now accessible to the public for the first time across Europe and beyond, through the EUscreen online resource and here through our own online catalogue.
Through the work of the EUscreenXL project, collections from film and television archives across Europe are also searchable and accessible via Europeana to serve broadcast professionals, media researchers and the general public. The Europeana portal provides access to millions of items from over 2,000 libraries, archives and museums across Europe. As of Spring 2016, EUscreen contributed 1,024,697 unique items of audiovisual heritage content on to Europeana. This includes records for almost 1500 films from the Screen Archive South East collections on the Europeana portal.
For EUscreen, SASE selected over 50 collections from the archive containing material that had never been shown online and offered a unique perspective on every day life in the South East of England. Highlights include collections from local cine clubs such as the Haywards Heath Cine Society, Albany Cine Club and Woking Film Makers; films relating to the lives of British businessmen Austin Reed and Ken Wood; amateur documentary film-maker Beryl Armstrong and her son Richard; films of Chichester-based meat and fish paste company owners, the Shippam family; scouting films from Cyril Hayworth; fundraising films by eyesight charity Sightsavers; and the Carousel collection of films made by and for people with learning disabilities.