I am working with a set of covariance matrices evaluated at various points in time over some history. Each covariance matrix is $N\times N$ for $N$ financial time-series over $T$ periods. I would like to explore some of the properties of this matrix's evolution over time, particularly whether correlation as a whole is increasing or decreasing, and whether certain series become more or less correlated with the whole. I am looking for suggestions as to the kinds of analysis to perform on this data-set, and particularly graphical/pictorial analysis. Ideally, I would like to avoid having to look in depth into each series as $N$ is rather large.
The following graphs were generated based on the accepted answer from @Quant-Guy. PC = principal component = eigenvector. The analysis was done on correlations rather than covariances in order to account for vastly different variances of the $N$ series.