Article by Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in the UK Government, and Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government:
We are delighted to choose this picture of John Logie Baird as our key Europeana image.
Television – vision from afar – was one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. And we are proud that it was invented not just by a Briton, but by a Scotsman. The great thing about television, though, is that it brings people across the world together. From first inventing television in 1925, by 1927 Baird succeeded in transmitting television from London to Glasgow and the following year saw the first transatlantic television transmission.
The Europeana project is a worthy successor to that way of letting people see images from around the world first developed by Baird. Using the new medium of the internet, Europeana allows people across Europe and, indeed, the world to see fascinating memorabilia and great works of creativity from Europe’s past at the click of a mouse-key: works of art from such world-renowned museums and galleries as the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre on screen in an instant.
In the true John Logie Baird tradition Europeana includes video-recordings (invented by Baird as “Phonovision” in 1928) as well as static images, and as technology develops we are sure that Europeana’s offerings will reflect that development. In Scotland, for example, Historic Scotland, our executive agency charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment, has set up the Scottish Ten project, a groundbreaking international 3D scanning project to digitally document Scotland’s five World Heritage Sites and five international ones. http://www.scottishten.org/
So we look forward to the Europeana project continuing to draw the peoples of Europe and the world together in sharing our rich historic and cultural heritage.