Month: March 2012

Icon of Expression: Vincent van Gogh

“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.” – Vincent van Gogh Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh was born on 30th March 1853, in the town of Zundert in the south of the Netherlands. Vincent spent his early adulthood working for a firm of […]

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The Father of Modern Architecture: Mies

“Less is more.”  – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Born in Germany on March 27th 1886, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, accelerating the post-war shift from classical ideologies of architectural design and construction methods. His influential ‘skin and bones’ style, which is renowned for […]

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Pinterest for GLAMs: Europeana’s Experiment

Some say it is just another one of those social network hypes, while many others claim it is a bandwagon that every brand should be pouncing on. One thing is for sure, the recent buzz and excitement surrounding Pinterest is massive and without a doubt hard to miss. If you are one of the few that […]

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Heartfelt Account at WW1 Roadshow in Preston

The Europeana 1914-1918 WW1 family history roadshow rolls into Dublin tomorrow, following on from two successful collection days in Luxembourg and Preston. More than 200 people poured into the Museum of Lancashire in Preston on March 10th to have their loved-one’s precious items digitised for the Europeana 1914-1918 virtual archive. One of those attending at Preston […]

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Nostalgic Viewfinder: The Instant Camera

What is your earliest memory of photography? For most of us it is probably the instant camera. A symbol of the democratisation of photography which started in the mid 20th century and laid the foundations for digital photography today. The earliest instant camera, which consisted of a camera and portable darkroom in a single compartment, was invented in […]

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe

Europe’s natural history museums and botanical gardens collectively hold the majority of the world’s published knowledge on biological diversity. You might think that biodiversity heritage and literature is only for scientists? Well, think again. Biodiversity heritage literature merges the line between art and science, assembling descriptions of species and other accounts with meticulously crafted illustrations. While […]

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Success at Collection Day in Luxembourg

Yesterday we kicked-off our pan European World War 1 family history roadshow at the National Library of Luxembourg. We invited members of the general public to share their stories, photographs, postcards, letters or other items from the time of the First World War. During the roadshow, historians and experts were available to talk about the significance […]

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Romanticism: An Aesthetic Experience

Romanticism was an artistic movement that took place during the late 18th century in Europe. The movement was rooted in Germany and connected to the German ‘Sturm und Drang’ movement, which chose intuition and emotion over rationalism. This together with the ideologies and events of the French Revolution, laid the foundations from which both Romanticism […]

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Video: Europeana Portal Features

As you may have noticed, over the last couple of weeks we have been busy with the release of new features on the Europeana portal; Map Search and Display, Cite on Wikipedia, and Image Lightbox Display. For those of you who have not yet had the chance to test out these new updates, we have created […]

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