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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2015, October 27.

Archives at Risk : Protecting the world's Identities.

"Archives at risk: Protecting the world’s identities.”

Audiovisual heritage, such as films, radio and television programmes and audio and video recordings, reflects our history and offers a unique account of our societies and the diversity of world cultures. This heritage is an incomparable source for understanding the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It reflects the identity of peoples and demonstrates the richness of national cultures through their various traditions and languages. Its capacity to instantly summon up sounds and pictures, often from well beyond local borders and language barriers, makes this heritage an essential complement to more traditional archives and documents.
This audiovisual heritage must be accessible to one and all. Yet audiovisual documents are both living things and delicate and vulnerable. A large share of the world’s audiovisual heritage has already been lost forever through negligence, destruction, bad luck or a lack of appropriate resources, competencies and structures, thereby depleting the memory of humanity. That vulnerability is especially acute in conflict situations. Its disappearance can also sometimes deprive us of a subtle grasp of the nature of societies and their peoples. We have 10 to 15 years left to transfer available audiovisual recordings to digital media and prevent their loss. We need to join forces to change the situation – for it is of the utmost importance that this recent history be understood and shared not only for issues of identity and affiliation but also for a clearer grasp of relationships and challenges in contemporary societies.
UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme is participating in this effort and every single inscription reflects a collective memory rooted in the archives and documents left by past generations. The fact is that “safeguarding for safeguarding’s sake” is not enough: the individual also needs to be able to put the documents in perspective so as to shed light on their meaning today, as well as to understand what they mean to individual societies and what they can tell us about our common humanity. The audiovisual heritage plays a key role in this work to promote what unites us and not what divides us. In so doing it can help to nurture universal values and to build a culture of tolerance and peace.
In that spirit, for this world day, I am asking all Member States, the producers and consumers of sounds and pictures, and the institutions in charge of safeguarding them to join forces to protect and share our common audiovisual wealth.
Irina Bokova

UNESCO's audiovisual heritage includes over 

  • 30,000 audio recordings: UNESCO Radio reports and interviews and other recordings from the 1940s to the 1980s
  • 3,500 films and videos on UNESCO activities.
  • 170,000 photos, including negatives and slides, documenting UNESCO's actions from 1945 to the present day.

United Kingdom historic ethnographic recordings

When, local time: Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Where: France
Type of Event: Special event
Contact: Iskra Panevska (
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a commemoration of the adoption, in 1980 by the 21st General Conference, of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images. The World Day provides an occasion to raise general awareness of the need to take urgent measures and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents. "Archives at risk: protecting the world's identities" is the slogan of this year's celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (27 October).
 Resources :

Significant AV Heritage List
  1. Original Negative of the Noticiero ICAIC Lationamericano
  2. José Maceda Collection
  3. Brahms Collection
  4. The Appeal of 18 June 1940
  5. Collection of Jewish Musical Folklore (1912-1947)
  6. Radio Broadcast of the Philippine People Power Revolution
  7. Dainu Skapis - Cabinet of Folksongs
  8. Kalman Tihanyi's 1926 Patent Application "Radioskop"
  9. The Historical Collections (1889-1955) of St. Petersburg Phonogram Archives
  10. Early cylinder recordings of the world's musical traditions (1893-1952) in the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv
  11. The Historical Collections (1899-1950) of the Vienna Phonogrammarchiv
  12. The Masterpieces of Fryderyk Chopin
  13. Traditional Music Sound Archives
  14. Arnold Schönberg Estate (2011)
  15. Desmet Collection (2011)
  16. Historic Ethnographic Recordings (1898-1951) at the British Library (2011)
  1. Neighbours, animated, directed and produced by Norman McLaren in 1952
  2. UNRWA Photo and Film Archives of Palestinian Refugees
  3. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)
  4. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming 1939), produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  5. The Battle of the Somme
  6. "METROPOLIS" -Sicherungsstück Nr. 1: Negative of the restored and reconstructed version 2001
  7. John Marshall Ju/'hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection, 1950-2000
  8. Audiovisual documents of the International antinuclear movement "Nevada-Semipalatinsk"

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