Project of the University of Alicante for the reconstruction of our history through radio sound material, focusing on the years of the Franco regime and the transition to democracy
We aim to create a digital radio archive which will preserve a representative proportion of ongoing UK radio output.
The British Library is recognised as the home of the nation’s radio archive. The current radio collection comprises around 250,000 hours. Additionally, via a longstanding arrangement with the BBC, the Library also provides research access to the extensive radio collections of the BBC Archives. However, of the estimated 3 million hours of radio broadcast in the UK each year from 700 stations, the Library is acquiring a mere 20,000 hours (mostly news-based content). It is estimated that 92% of current UK radio is not being properly preserved, with only 2% being made available for potential research post-transmission.
To address the gaps in our recordings, the National Radio Archive project (part of the Save our Sounds programme) plans to create a digital radio archive that will preserve a representative proportion of ongoing UK radio output and make this available for research.
Our first step is to build a pilot radio archive, covering up to 50 stations from across the UK, with the potential to develop this into a long-term service.
We will be using speech recognition technology to increase the searchability of radio and to encourage its integration with other, text-based media. The selection of content for the archive will be determined as much by research need as preservation requirements, and we will be interested to learn from research projects where we might be able to collaborate as part of the pilot development.
This is the title of the article by Isabel Martínez written for issue 14 of Grand Place journal, a publication of the Mario Onaindia Foundation.
This special monographic issue has been dedicated to commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Burgos process and has been coordinated by professors José Antonio Pérez, Arturo Cajal and Luis Castells.
An in-depth study where she has prevailed rigor in the historical aspects and intellectual honesty in the evaluative aspects of those events and their political and ethical derivatives.
Exhibition in the Museum of the University of Alicante. From December 14, 2020 to January 17, 2021.
This exhibition, according to its curator Manuel Valero Gómez, aims to give an overview of the writer thanks to his documentary collection given to the Archivo de la Democracia of the University of Alicante.
An insufficient effort, but necessary, to vindicate our illustrious Valencian Literature Prize. May his example not be forgotten.
The annual act of the Democracy Archive has also served to pay tribute to the figure of Enrique Cerdán Tato, a versatile writer, literary critic, teacher, journalist and chronicler from Alicante through the exhibition “Enrique Cerdán Tato. Memoria del compromiso” in the multipurpose room of the Museum of the University of Alicante, in which a review of his life trajectory in its different facets is made and the donations made by the family in the Archive are exposed.
Enrique Cerdán Tato (Alicante, 1930-2013) was a writer, literary critic, journalist, and prominent figure in Alicante's culture and political life. He actively participated in various professional associations and citizen movements. His important contribution in the many facets of his public life earned him the recognition of distinctions and awards, among which the Valencian Literature Prize awarded in 1991 stands out. The University of Alicante awarded him the Maisonnave Prize in 2010 for his defense of the rights and freedoms. In 2008, the Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library dedicated an author portal to him. Member of the Advisory Council of the Democracy Archive, his extensive personal archive was donated by his daughters to the Democracy Archive in June 2018.
This work offers the transcription of the eight recordings preserved in the sound fund of Devuélveme la Voz from the radio program «Explication de L'Espagne, un libro de Elena de la Souchère», which was broadcast throughout 1962. It is a round table discussion It is made up of the author of the text and three important personalities of the radio station: the French Hispanists André Camp (director of the broadcasts) and Jean Supervielle, and the exiled speaker Julián Antonio Ramírez.
This article is part of the project «Itzuli nire ahotsa. The Basque programs broadcast by Radio Paris during the Franco dictatorship ", born from the convergence between the work of the Mario Onaindia Fundazioa in favor of Basque historical memory and the online project" Devúélveme la voz "at the University of Alicante and carried out by Francisco Rojas Claros, María Losada Urigüen and Gaizka Fernández Soldevilla
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In 1966, a public tribute was paid to Rafael Albertí in Paris, promoted by a series of renowned French Hispanists and attended by Spanish personalities both from the interior of our country and from exile. At the end of the act, a series of Spanish visual artists gave the poet a folder with works created expressly for the tribute.
This folder and its content can now be seen in Paris at the Instituto Cervantes headquarters, curated by Carmen Bustamante. As a complement to the exhibition, on Devuélveme la voz, you can follow the event almost in full because it was recorded and broadcast on Radio Paris.
New publication by Francisco Rojas Claros based on the sound collection of Devuélveme la voz.
This article analyzes the interviews that 'Radio París' made to several hispanist during the second part of Francoism, whose publications, banned in our country, offered a new and different vision of the contemporary history of Spain in contrast to the forged version of dictatorship. Personalities like Hugh Thomas, Carlos M. Rama, Herbert R. Southworth, Max Gallo, Jacques Georgel, Jean Becarut, Elena de la Souchère, Jean Descola and Jacques Pinglé. On the other hand, showes the reaction of the regime´s cultural dirigisme against such works, through the records of book´s censorship and the Boletín de orientación bibliográfica.
The end of this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Burgos Process, the council of war against 16 members of ETA that convulsed Spanish politics and marked the beginning of the end of the Francoism. The international repercussion was very wide and achieved, together with the triumph of the moderate theses in the Government, that Franco will pardon those sentenced to death in the judgment.
Ángel Amigo is the producer and scriptwriter of this documentary, which is in the making, which brings us back to the sounds that were heard in the courtroom thanks to the clandestine recordings made by the prisoners' lawyers. The lack of images has been solved with the realization of drawings in the style of those made in the judicial chronicles of the newspapers.
A documentary in the making phase that we hope to see at the end of this year and where, from Devuélveme la voz, we have collaborated in the documentation phase of it.
This page, which opens the UA Archive of Democracy, aims to recover the memory, deepen and disseminate the knowledge of one of the most forgotten exiles, that of the Spanish Republicans in the lands of North Africa, from the end of the civil war, in March 1939 to 1962, the date of independence of Algeria, the country that then under French colonial administration received the largest contingent of refugees. We are talking about the life and destiny of some 15,000 Spaniards, most of them men, but also women and children, sometimes entire families, who left everything to save and rebuild their lives.
The project has been coordinated and carried out by Juan Martínez Leal, scientist and advisor to the Archive of Democracy.
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