“Working in an archive can quickly become a routine. So we must challenge ourselves in the field itself.”

An interview with historian, professor of Spanish Language and Literature and archivist researcher at RTV Slovenia Katja Šturm about her institute, her profession and the future of audio-visual archives.

Katja Šturm started working at RTV Slovenia as a history student in a part time assistant job on the EUscreen project in July 2010, shortly after its beginning in 2009. Together with her colleague Aleksander Lavrenčič she performed the selection, cataloging, contextualization and upload of selected audio-visual content on the EUscreenXL portal (now EUscreen portal) and Europeana.

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Slovenian archives celebrate International Archives Day

Author: Katja Šturm

On June 9th, 2007 the International Council on Archives launched International Archives Day. It was established to raise awareness of the importance of records and archives and highlight the necessity to preserve archives for the long-term.

Archivists and archives all around Slovenia organized numerous events to celebrate the day. On Friday June 6th, the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia hosted an event and leading Slovenian regional archives participated including Historical Archives of Ljubljana, Regional Archives In Nova Gorica, Regional Archives In Koper, Historical Archives Of Celje, Historical Archives Of Ptuj and Regional Archives In Maribor along with Archiepiscopal Archives from Ljubljana. A wide range of events took place like a presentation of the Dalmatin’s Bible (16th century) restoration process and ceremonies honoring the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

The archivists from RTV Slovenia presented their view on public sector awareness of the necessity to preserve archives for the long-term. Additionally, they talked about the need to provide access to archives which led to their collaboration and enrollment in the EUscreenXL project.

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As the event also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War speakers from RTV Slovenia, Katja Šturm and Aleksander Lavrenčič presented clips and other archival material regarding the First World War, available on the EUscreen portal. After a short presentation of the EUscreenXL project and portal, a clip about uncovering mines and explosive devices from WW1 in the Soča riverbed and mountain lakes was showed and discussed:


The archivists from RTV Slovenia showcased other First World War Clip as well as presented clips about archival activity of their institution, e.g. How we started in our Archiving Department:


 Blog written by Katja Šturm, RTV Slovenia.

Ski flying in Planica comes back this weekend!

In 1934 a small alpine valley in northwestern Slovenia started its history making in ski jumping and ski flying. The first giant ski jumping hill in Planica allowed a man to ski-fly over 100 meters and then over 200 meters for the first time in history.

The first world record (92 meters) was done by a Norwegian, Birger Ruud. Two years later Josef Bradl from Austria landed at 101 meters  – a distance that turned ski jumping into “ski flying”. After the Second World War, Planica was renovated and 1948 was another successful year with a new record of 120 meters by a Swiss Fritz Tschanen. In the fifties new ski-flying jumps in Oberstdorf, Kulm and Vikersund took away Planica’s primacy until a year of 1969 when Planica took back its dominat role as the first ski jumping hill in the world.

Who would not remember the extraordinary jump of Manfred Wolf from The German Democratic Republic, when he set a new world record with a 165 meters and other heroes and world record holders such as Helmut Recknagel, Jiří Raška, Bjørn Wirkola, Heinz Wosipiwo and Walter Steiner. In 1994, the 50th anniversary of Planica, Toni Nieminen reached over 200 meters as the first man in the history. Until today, the record has been pushed close to 240 metres. It seems like the limits of Planica will never be reached!

Explore EUscreen Virtual Exhibition about Planica and find out more about the history of ski flying.

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Exhibitions that Jump, Dance, Pray and Revolt

The recent history of Europe is varied and curious and has been closely observed through the lenses of television cameras. EUscreen makes available a substantive amount of archival television materials for free on its portal and through Europe’s cultural access point, Europeana. More than 40.000 items can currently be explored. The EUscreen exhibitions add another layer to this varied, diverse and fascinating collection. Hand-picked by researchers and seasoned archivists, they offer the back stories on international evolutions and local stories throughout the twentieth century. Today we present a new quartet of exhibitions to entice your imagination.

From Slovenia, we’re drawn into a history of the country’s bond with the awe-inspiring acrobatics of ski jumpers. The Hungarian audiovisual archive shows how rich the culture is that once inspired Brahms to his famous Hungarian Dances and brings you in close contact with songs and dances from the Puszta. Scholars from the Netherlands and the UK offer perspectives on television and religion: what camera angle is the pope’s favourite? And how many women priests exist in the European religious space? Finally, from the Czech Republic comes a harrowing account on the country’s Velvet Revolution.

Dive in and explore these – and many other – exhibitions that are up on display at www.euscreen.eu/exhibitions.html

Ski jumping and winter sports

Planica is a place synonymous with both ski jumping and ski flying. The importance of this location is recognised not only in Slovenia but throughout the skiing world. This exhibition explores the history of Planica ski jumping and ski flying competition through texts, images and footage and reveals this important sporting legacy from an audiovisual perspective.
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Ski jumping and Ski Flying. Exhibition curated by Katja Šturm, RTV Slovenia.

Hungarian music and dance

This virtual exhibition allows an insight into the world of traditional and contemporary Hungarian music and dance culture represented amply in the collections of the National Audiovisual Archive of Hungary (NAVA).
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Hungarian Music and Dance. Exhibition curated by the National Audiovisual Archive of Hungary.

Religion and Faith

This exhibition explores different aspects of religion and faith and considers how these and a range of related issues are dealt with on television.
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Religion and Faith. Exhibition curated by Richard Hewett, Royal Holloway, University of London, Dana Mustata, University of Groningen and Berber Hagedoorn, University of Utrecht.

The Velvet Revolution

The goal of this virtual exhibition is to explore the anatomy of the so-called Velvet Revolution, which saw the fall of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
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The Velvet Revolution. Exhibition curated by Martin Bouda, Czech TV.

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