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ABOUT RTÉ Archives

RTÉ Archives is home to Ireland’s largest collection of audiovisual material. Combining hundreds of thousands of hours of moving image and sound recordings together with significant collections of photographs, manuscripts and administrative documents.

Aquire

Thousands of hours or radio and television programmes are recorded every year. Once something is broadcast by RTÉ it’s part of the Archives.

Conserve

Film, video, and audio recordings, photographs and documents are carefully stored and managed by our teams, both on the RTÉ campus and our off-site facility.

Preserve

Staff at RTÉ Archives work with a range of audiovisual formats to make sure they are accessible for the future.

Catalogue

Recordings, photographs and documents are carefully documented and stored in RTÉ databases, along with any existing hard-copies.

Access

Each day content from RTÉ Archives is used in radio and television programmes and accessible by the public across RTÉ’s TV, Radio and Digital platforms.

What we do

RTÉ Archives are responsible for collecting, preserving and making accessible the creative and documentary output of the national broadcaster.

Combining hundreds of thousands of hours of moving image and sound recordings together with significant collections of photographs, manuscripts and administrative documents, RTÉ Archives contain a unique record of Irish life.

As well as keeping these audiovisual records RTÉ Archives are looking to make more content available on an increasing number of platforms and devices. RTÉ Archives provide content for radio and television programmes, both interanlly and for our content partners.

On this website we curate content from across our collections to create exhibitions while we also aim to bring new content every day from RTÉ Archives.

RTÉ Archive‘s continuing mission is to make the content in our care accessible to everyone.

Find out more

Sales & Service

RTÉ Archives hold hundreds of thousands of hours broadcast material. To find out more about the terms, conditions and costs of licensing content for your project please visit Sales and Services.

Image Library

Search, view and explore over 150,000 images from our photographic collections through our online service. To discover more please visit the Image Library

Contact

If you have any questions or feedback about the Archives site or any content we publish please get in touch via email – archives@rte.ie