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Why our audiovisual heritage is important 

By digitising and archiving Flemish image and sound, we can keep our unique audiovisual history alive. Material from our content partners that was originally digital, or has already been digitised – whether or not by VIAA – is sent immediately to our archive where it is sustainably preserved. A large proportion of the archive material is not free of copyright and is therefore only available to a limited audience. VIAA commits to further open the archive to the public, however, for now and for the future. Thanks to the sustainable preservation of audiovisual material, we make it possible for everyone to look back at life in the past or to experience legendary events again, for example.

The Archive

Step by step, we are opening up the Flemish archive material to the public. This always takes place in consultation with the owner(s) and with respect for copyright. An initial project here was ‘News from the Great War’, the biggest online database of press material from the First World War.

Via filters and thanks to the four languages available on the website, users around the world can look up stories about their families or people in their area during the period. The blogs in four languages chart daily life during the First World War and, together with the website, form an important source of information for research scientists. 

Curious about your family's war stories? Discover them in The Archive.

The Image Capsule

The Beeldcapsule highlights the wealth of audiovisual archives present in Flanders, showing their relevance to us today. VIAA wants to cherish, bring back to life and preserve these excerpts for the future together with the general public and with our partners from media, heritage and performing arts. What do these excerpts reveal about who we are? Which excerpts should be preserved for the future?

The visitors of have spoken and the five most popular clips tell us how our leisure time has changed in the past century. They may tickle your funny bone, but they may also question our daily habits. Discover the five videos making up the Beeldcapsule 2117.

“The project De Beeldcapsule is a poetic lesson about the power of good and creative communication in audio-visual heritage preservation programs. Fulfilling 'Beeldcapsules' with small video clips from the past, people realize that their way to select memory determinates how their own present world will survive in the future.”

FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards Jury

What do you do with personal audiovisual material? 

Do you own old videotapes with long forgotten memories, but no video player? Or do you worry about the preservation of your audiovisual collection? VIAA developed a useful website to identify audiovisual material, enriched with tips on sustainable digitisation and preservation of your own heritage.

If you would you like to find out more about the Archive or the Image Capsule, please contact Karen. She will be happy to answer your questions.