RTÉ Archives Wins Major International Award for Innovative Use of Archive for
‘The School Around the Corner’ Campaign
at the World-Congress of the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT-IFTA)29th October, 2013; RTÉ Digital; At the World Congress of the International Federation of Television Archives, RTÉ Archives scooped the 'most innovative use of archive' award for a campaign that recovered and restored an episode of ‘The School Around the Corner’ thought to have been lost after it was first broadcast 50 years ago. Initially shortlisted by an international jury alongside projects from The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and a pan European project EUscreen, the prize was awarded to RTÉ Archives following a public vote which was conducted online at the FIAT-IFTA website. The award was presented at the World-Congress for 2013 of FIAT-IFTA, the international Federation of Television Archives held in Dubai on Saturday. 'The School Around the Corner' was first broadcast on Radio Eireann in 1954, and became a TV programme in 1961. Although RTÉ Archives held a small number of episodes of the radio programme from the 1950s and photographs from the television version of ‘The School Around the Corner', no episode of the television series from the 1960s was thought to have been kept. RTÉ Archives curator Liam Wylie found and restored an episode of “The School around the Corner” and instigated a media campaign to find the participants of the original programme which was then transmitted again last December, fifty years to the day after it was first broadcast. The FIAT-IFTA jury cited the project as being “an inspirational example of how a previously lost programme can create a new innovative project by using different kinds of media. The FIAT-IFTA jury appreciates how Liam Wylie managed to involve the public in this remarkable project.” “We’re delighted that the work of the RTÉ Archives has been recognised by such an esteemed organisation such as FIAT-IFTA”, commented Muirne Laffan, Managing Director RTÉ Digital. “One of our strategic objectives is to open up the Archives to the public. This achievement highlights the work RTÉ Archives are doing in diligently preserving and curating Ireland’s audiovisual archives for generations to come, and this recognition is a further proof point of the world-class standards they have applied. Access to our Archives by the public is paramount, and we’re constantly releasing new exhibitions, as well as forging partnerships to allow greater access to our collections through digital means”. Interview with Brid Dooley, Head of RTÉ Archives : http://fiatifta.org/rte-archives-wins-award-for-the-most-innovative-use-of-archive/ RTÉ Archives now has 29 exhibitions online at www.rte.ie/archives and makes new content from the archives available on a daily basis. The public can immerse themselves in a range of subjects such as Patrick Kavanagh, President Kennedy in Ireland, or Before They Were Famous. Links About the Campaign http://digitalblog.rte.ie/?p=1463 Watch on RTÉ Player http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10153586/ Online @ www.rte.ie/archives Twitter : @rtearchives Pictured L to R Aoife Byrne, Director of Content RTÉ Digital, Liam Wylie, Curator RTÉ Archives, Múirne Laffan, Managing Director, RTÉ Digital, Colm Talbot, RTÉ Archives. NOTES TO THE EDITOR The School Around the Corner campaign
- RTÉ Archives received the award for the campaign around the discovery of an episode of a fifty year old television programme. The project resulted in a ‘presumed lost’ programme being restored and back on television exactly 50 years to the day it was first broadcast.
- Media campaign spanning all forms of media including social media was undertaken to find the original participants.
- The campaign lasted a number of weeks across television, national and local radio, newspapers and online.
- Highlighted the importance of audiovisual archiving, the skills behind it, and the cultural value of curating and enabling public access to archives such as The School Around the Corner
- The School Around the Corner can be viewed on the RTÉ Player http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10153586/