The Eurovision Song Contest started in 1956 to bring Europe closer together through a shared television experience and this year’s slogan is ‘United By Music’. Liverpool is hosting Eurovision 2023 on behalf of last year’s winner Ukraine, with the Grand Final being held on Saturday 13 May.

To celebrate this year’s event and the contest’s long history, we’ve taken a similarly collaborative approach, working with archives across the country to showcase their fantastic collections relating to the key themes of Eurovision 2023.

Archives hold unique documents and records about our shared past. This could be photographs, letters, maps, logbooks, minutes, diaries, brochures, music sheets and more. So whether you’re interested in Liverpool, Ukraine or music, archives have something for everyone – start exploring below!

Image credit (above and right): Eurovision Song Content 2023