Netherlands Institute for sound and vision

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid) 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

More information and how to order

If you are interested in the AV material in our collection or if you would like more information, please contact the Sound and Vision Customer Service by calling +31 35 6778035, or emailing to We will assist you in ordering excerpts or complete programmes. If required we can also provide subtitles for the AV material.

Sound and Vision collaborates with public, commercial and regional broadcasting companies and TV producers in the Netherlands, international broadcasting companies, publishers, cultural and educational organisations, universities and colleges, and audio-visual companies and societies. The institute is an active member of international bodies such as the European Broadcast Union (EBU), the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT-IFTA) and Focal. In this function it provides vital input for several European-funded projects including: collaboration on developing metadata standards, the creation of universally accessible digital libraries, effectively dealing with evolving search and retrieval issues and solutions for long term preservation of audio-visual programme content and materials. In 2007 and 2008, Sound and Vision filled the chairmanship of FIAT/IFTA.

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Media Park, Hilversum
P.O. Box 1060 1200 BB
Hilversum The Netherlands
Tel. +31 35 6778035