Month: November 2011

Wiki Loves Monuments: We Still Need Your Votes

As the Wiki Loves Monuments contest is drawing to a close, we are highlighting the current top 4 photos from each collection. Hungary & Russia     Spain     Estonia, Romania & Poland     Portugal      Austria     Sweden, Holland, France & Germany     It has been 3 months, 15 countries, a massive 169,000 entries – […]

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The romantic symbolist art of William Blake

“The Imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself” The British poet, painter and printmaker William Blake is considered by many as one of the greatest British artists ever. He was born on 28 November 1757 in London, during a period that neglected both him and his art. It was only years after […]

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Voyage to the Great Unknown Southern Continent

Today we are honouring one of the bravest explorers and sailors in history: Abel Tasman, the Dutch man who was the captain of the first reported European expedition to reach the  island of Tasmania, 40 kilometres south of the Australian continent, on 24 November 1642. During the same voyage he was also the first European to sight […]

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Your votes please!

We are excited to announce that voting is open for the Art Nouveau Category in the Wiki Loves Monuments competition! Wiki Loves Monuments is a photo contest that was organised in over 15 European countries last summer. An impressive number of pictures were uploaded, with over 169,000 entries. Europeana is an official partner and is sponsoring 1 of […]

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International Day for Tolerance

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, of opinion and expression, and that education should promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups”.  Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948   16 November is the International Day for Tolerance. This date was chosen in 1995 by the United […]

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Europeana Postcard Campaign

At the moment, we are running a promotional campaign with the help of our partner network.  Through a teaser video, we informed our partners about the upcoming portal upgrade. We also invited them to order free postcards that they could distribute to the public.  So far, we sent over 35.000 postcards to more than 160 partners across […]

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Claude Monet – The Creator of Impressionism

“Light is the principal person in the picture” (Claude Monet) The French painter Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840. His work was so revolutionary and created so much impact that until today it is difficult not to place him as one of the greatest painters of all times. Monet was one of the […]

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End of the First World War – 11 a.m. on 11.11

Today is the 93d anniversary marking the end of the First World War.  Precisely at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011, it will be honoured across the globe with a two-minute silence. Commemorate this event also by checking our newest collection of private memorabilia and stories from the times […]

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Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen

Another scientist in the spotlight today – Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen. On 8 November 1895, during his experiment on cathode rays that passed through a glass tube, Professor of Physics in Würzburg, Germany, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen observed a green glow. He realised that the glow was generated by the rays from the tube, capable of passing […]

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Marie Curie

Today we are celebrating the birthday of one of the greatest women in history – Mme Marie Sklodowska Curie, the Polish-French physicist and chemist who shook the scientific world with her achievements in the beginning of the 20th century. “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”  Marie Curie is […]

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Italian Composer Vincenzo Bellini

“I hope to stamp my name on this epoch.” Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) And he certainly did! Not only in the 19th century, when Vincenzo Bellini became one of the greatest Italian composers, but also in the 20th century, when his music gained life again through the voices of the incredible sopranos Rosa Ponselle and Maria […]

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Wonderful winners workshop

Last week on Thursday and Friday we welcomed the winners of the EuropeanaTech Hackathon that was held in Vienna who took part in a workshop designed to move their product ideas further along the path to a ‘marketable’ website or app. The winners of the hackathon were the EuropeanaGlobe team (Anja Jentzsch, Ulrike Krabo, Elaheh […]

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Images of Latvia through time

In time for November celebrations of Latvia’s Independence Day, the unique treasures of Latvia revealed in its majestic scenery, ancient castles, beautiful parks and its people, can be now discovered on Europeana. The recently-added collection Lost Latvia from the Latvian National Library opens access to over 18,000 drawings, postcards and photographs from the 19th century […]

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