Audio recordings and audio-related objects made available through Europeana Sounds include many items of high cultural and historical significance, representing the diversity and wealth of Europe’s cultural heritage.

These audio recordings cover a wide range of categories:

The material made accessible comes initially from 24 institutions from 12 European Union Member States: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, and United Kingdom. Over time this network will expand to include other data providers.

Many of the project’s data providers share recordings in languages other than their national language(s) and many have recordings presented in multiple languages.

The recordings cover a wide geographical spread, demonstrating the breadth of European cultures as well as documenting European exploration, scientific, business and scholarly endeavours around the world with material originating in Asia, Africa, Oceania, the Americas and the Middle East.